Happy Valentine's Day!
As we celebrate this lovely day with your special someone, we thought that it would be great to share how some other countries celebrate Valentine's Day differently from our little red dot, Singapore, perhaps you can even adopt some of this unique ways of doing so.
On Valentine’s Day, ladies here would shower chocolates to the guys. For close male friends, they will give “Giri-choco” chocolate and for their special someone, they will give “Hon-mei “chocolate. Interestingly, the guys will ‘return’ the gift on 14 March.
A popular venue for couples and even celebrities Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis etc. get married there.
On Valentine Day, all the singles in Scotland will come together and celebrate. They would have a “matching” ceremony where all the guys and ladies would get pair up. If all went well, a marriage might take place too!
Here, the men would write “gaekkebrev”, a funny and rhyming poem to his special someone. He would add on to the mystery by signing off in dots where each dot represents a letter of the man’s name.
Men here would display their affection to their love interest by going over to the lady’s house, together with a mariachi band, and sing romantic songs to her. This would then be followed by a nice romantic dinner.
For China, they will celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar instead.