BRAZIL: Valentines Day is June 12th. Single women perform a “trunk test” where young men run nearly four miles carrying the trunk of a barauna tree. The winner gets the right to dance with his loved one. 

HUNGARY:  No chocolates or hearts here.  Singles go into the woods and gather snowdrops (two leaves and a single small white drooping bell-shaped flower). 

an old wooden spoon

Be Mine?

WALES: sweethearts exchange carved wooden spoons on Valentines Day.

candy licorice

…no gummy bears>!

HOLLAND: Chocolate? Nope? The Dutch show their love with licorice hearts. 

GREAT BRITAIN: : For Valentine’s Day Eve, women used to pin four bay leaves to the corners of their pillow and eat eggs, with salt replacing the removed yokes believing they’d dream of their future husbands.

They would also write their lover’s names on paper and put them on clay balls and drop them into the water. They believed that whichever paper came up first, that man would be their future husband. 

JAPAN: Traditionally, women start out the fun by offering men boxes of chocolates and not just husbands and boyfriends, but to male friends as well.

A month later on March 14th it’s the men’s turn on “White Day” to gift white chocolates to the ladies.

squid ink pasta

I’m too sad to even eat my pasta!

On April 14th in Tokyo it is “Black Day”, which is for anyone who did not receive chocolates on 14th February or 14th March. They go to a restaurant and dine on noodles made with black cuttlefish ink to demonstrate their sadness and solitude.

GUATEMALA: Guatemalan oldies dress up in feathers and masks to celebrate ‘old love’ in a senior citizens’ parade through Guatemala City.

CHINA:  On Qi Xi (the night of sevens), which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month on the Chinese calendar (August), single women make a public display of their domestic skills in the hope that they will find a partner.

colorful decorated egg

I can’t wait to get my egg!

DENMARK & NORWAY:  Admirers send their beloved girls a “gaekkbrev” a fun, rhyming poem. If the recipient guesses who sent the poem, she receives an egg at Easter.