10 Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World That Will Surprise You

In South Korea, they don't just celebrate love on Valentine's Day. Every month has a special theme, like Rose Day and Kiss Day, making love a year-round affair.

South Korea: Monthly Celebration

Japan: Chocolates for Everyone

In Japan, on Valentine's Day, women give chocolates. There are two types - "Giri Choco" for friends and colleagues and "Honmei Choco" for special romantic feelings.

In Wales, couples exchange beautifully carved wooden spoons, called "love spoons," to show their affection and commitment to each other.

Wales: Love Spoons

In Paris, couples express their love by attaching padlocks to bridges and tossing the key into the Seine River, symbolizing everlasting love.

France: Locking Love in Paris

In Italy, they celebrate with Baci Perugina chocolates, each containing a sweet love note, adding a romantic touch to the delicious treat.

Italy: Sweet Messages in Chocolates

Denmark: Secret Admirer Letters

In Denmark, people send funny anonymous letters called "gaekkebrev" to their crushes on Valentine's Day. If the recipient guesses correctly, they get an Easter egg later.

In South Africa, everyone, not just couples, participates in Valentine's Day. People wear different colors to show their relationship status - red for love, white for seeking love, and black for not interested.

South Africa: Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

In the Philippines, many couples either get married or renew their vows in large public ceremonies on Valentine's Day.

Philippines: Massive Love Celebrations

Finland and Estonia: Celebrating Friendship

In Finland and Estonia, Valentine's Day is also called "Friendship Day," focusing on celebrating all kinds of friendships, not just romantic ones.

Mexico: Day of Love and Friendship

In Mexico, Valentine's Day is part of a bigger celebration called "Día del Amor y la Amistad" (Day of Love and Friendship), highlighting the importance of both romantic and platonic relationships.