Be My Global Valentine
Traditions from around the world...from roses to cookies to jail!
Some Valentine's Day customs from around the world are similar to ours, some are a bit different and some are very different!
Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales on Valentine’s Day when women present gifts of chocolate to their boyfriends or any man close to them. The favor is returned on White Day, March 14, when men pamper the women who gave them chocolate with gifts.
The Finnish version of Valentine’s Day translates more accurately to Friendship Day. Its a time when Finns remember their friends and loved ones with gifts, chocolates, and flowers.
In Germany, big heart-shaped ginger cookies are the norm. Most are decorated with loving words, and some even have a ribbon attached to turn the cookie into a necklace.
In Saudi Arabia, Valentine’s Day is against the law. Religious police banned the holiday in 2002. Now there’s a Valentine’s Day black market for roses and wrapping paper. Every year arrests are made of people who disregard the ban.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Pakistan is seen as a direct challenge to the rigid Islamic groups who deem such displays as immoral. Despite these sentiments, roadside stalls sell buckets of red roses and teenagers hang red heart balloons from their scooters.