Valentine’s Day is coming, surely couples are eagerly preparing gifts for Valentine’s Day. In addition to celebrating and giving each other chocolates and roses – the classic presents on this day in the world – there are quite a few other customs and interesting things that people give to each other!
France is the country hailed as the most romantic Valentine’s Day in the world. Here, people still donate chocolate and flowers but if you are in this country with your loved one, remember to buy them a sweet heart-shaped chocolate cake!
Unlike most other countries, the British valentine does not have too many flowers or chocolate. Traditionally, they would give each other silver spoons with engraved symbols of keys and locks. This implies to the other half that “you have really taken hold of my heart”.
On February 14th every year, couples in Italy will give each other a chocolate called Baci Perugina. This is chestnut chocolate wrapped with foil. Worth mentioning, on the wrapped paper will be printed famous verses, confessions or messages of love.
In addition, unmarried girls will wake up earlier on Valentine’s Day. They will wake up before dawn, stand by the window and wait for a boy to pass. They believe that the first guy I meet is my groom next year.
On Valentine’s Day in Denmark, the boys often send a girl a love letter in which they write a romantic poem. At the end of the letter, instead of signing as usual, they would just write the dots, each symbolizing a letter in the name. If the girl correctly guessed the sender’s name, the boy would receive a gift of an Easter egg.
Not chocolate, giant gingerbread cookies called Lebkuchenherz are the first-choice gifts in Germany for Valentine’s Day. This cake has a heart shape and is decorated with the words sending sweet love on it.
Japan is a country with two Valentine’s holidays. On February 14 (red Valentine), women will give men gifts with a chocolate called Honmei. If you want to give to your family or friends, you will give Kire and Giri.
On March 14, White Valentine, if they have feelings for her, the boys will return them chocolate or a more expensive gift. Usually, they will choose fresh chocolate or Nama Chocolate.
Brazilians celebrate Valentine’s Day not on February 14 like other countries in the world but they have their own holiday on June 12. The night before, the girls would write the boys’ names on pieces of paper. They believe that the name they will pick the next day is the person to be married or at least the person they will go out with on Valentine’s Day.