12 weird Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world
Valentine’s Day is a day where most people realize just what a poor shot cupid really is.
But sending roses, buying chocolates and writing anonymous cards is nothing compared to what our lovesick friends from around the globe get up to.
1. Dear boss, will you be my Valentine?
Most people would be a bit sick in their mouth thinking about giving their boss a Valentine’s gift but in Japan it’s quite the norm.
A tradition called ‘giri choco‘ or ‘obligation chocolate’ sees women buy chocolate for male co-workers.
2. Crying into your black noodles
What could be worse than TWO Valentine’s Days?
A third day to mourn the fact you haven’t found love.
Not only does South Korea have one day for men and another for women, it also has Black Day.
Black Day falls on April 14, where all singletons have to wear dark colours, eat black food and commiserate with others who aren’t in relationships.
3. Pensioner passion
Guatemalan oldies dress up in feathers and masks to celebrate ‘old love’ in a senior citizens’ parade through Guatemala City.
4. Bae Leaves
In 17th Century England ladies would put bay leaves on their pillow on the eve of St Valentine’s Day.
If they did this then they would dream of their future husband.
You gotta hope you don’t have one of those weird dreams about your friend’s dad that night.
5. You pig!
Nothing squeals Valentine’s day more than a hairy, fat pig – right?
In Germany, pigs are a staple on Valentine’s cards, a sure fire way to go bacon people’s hearts, oink oink!
6. Kissing orgy
Who can blame the Filipinos for feeling the love on the most romantic day of the year?
On February 14, 2004, over 5000 couples locked lips and broke the world record.
The event was organized by a toothpaste maker, who probably assumed would mean thousands would stock up on the stuff before the big day.
What o-rally good idea!
7. Gamble on love
They say finding true love is a lottery and in Brazil, it really is.
On Dia dos Namorados (June 12), single ladies write down the names of guys they fancy and draw a name out of a hat.
According to tradition, the one they unknowingly pluck from obscurity will be the man they marry.
Does it work if you write down David Beckham?
8. Farmer charmers
If you’re in Slovenia, you’ll have a fat chance getting through to Saint Valentine, as it is an absolutely hectic day for him.
He’ll be spending February 14 ‘waking’ all the crops and flowers so they can grow in spring – and farmers can start work in the fields.
You’ve tried Tinder, you’ve tried blind dates but have you tried making an offering?
In Thailand, lovelorn women head to the Trimurti shrine where they lay red roses, candles and incense for the Hindu gods and pray for a husband.
10. Apple of your eye
Iraqi Kurds celebrate Valentine’s by decorating red apples to represent the original love story (no, not Kim and Kanye) – Adam and Eve.
Even though it didn’t end too well in Eden, the decorated red apple is said to bring prosperity and long-term love.
In Wales you can expect something big, something hard and something you put in your mouth.
A wooden lovespoon of course!
It is tradition on St Dwynwen’s Day (Welsh Valentine’s Day) to give ornately carved lovespoons to show your affection.
12. Just good friends
It’s the nail in the coffin for relationships, the old ‘let’s just be friends’ chat, but in Estonia everyone’s a winner!
Valentine’s Day is dedicated to friendships so presents and cards are exchanged all round.