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Valentine's Day Around the World

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Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and our team here at Rouvalis is gearing up for a very busy few weeks ahead! You can now shop our Valentine's Day collection, and be sure to check back here for featured arrangements!  

We know how we celebrate Valentine's Day here in the United States, but how about other countries? According to Education First's blog (link below), here's how countries around the world celebrate the day of love.

SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN

It’s the men who are pampered in this part of the world on Valentine’s when women buy chocolates for their male partners, family members and coworkers as a token of affection and appreciation. But don’t worry ladies, the favor is returned a month later. On March 14, known as White Day, men reciprocate with cake, candy and flowers.

THE UK

In the UK, couples get seriously romantic on Valentine’s Day. Lovebirds all over the Isles exchange gifts of flowers, chocolates and jewelry. In the evening, couples typically enjoy a nice dinner on the town or opt for a candle-lit spread at home. Either way, love is in the air.

FINLAND

For anyone flying solo, Finland is the place to be. You don’t have to worry about feeling left out of the festivities because in this country it’s all about celebrating with your friends. The day is even called ‘Friend’s Day’ in Finnish, not Valentine’s. The official flower is the pink rose, but mates are happy to receive gifts, cards or candy, too.

PERU

Thanks to countrywide Carnaval celebrations, most Peruvians are on holiday on February 14, which means they have extra time to plan their loved-up itinerary. Instead of exchanging roses, many opt for orchids – a flower native to the country. They even hold mass weddings to accommodate all the couples saying “I do” on the most romantic day of the year.

BRAZIL

Brazilians skip the February 14 celebrations and instead commemorate Saint Anthony, the patron saint of marriage and matchmaking, on June 12. 

Original blog post from EF Education can be found here: http://www.ef.com/blog/language/valentines-day-around-the-world/