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Valentine's Day, Around The World

As you know every February 14 is Valentine's Day. It is the traditional feast for all couples, but it is also the feast of friendship in other countries. Valentine's Day is celebrated in all continents but not always on the same date or in the same way. It depends on the local traditions of the country but there is always love, friendship and fraternity...

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IN EUROPE - 1. SCOTLAND:

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Tradition says that the first person of the opposite sex crossed by chance on his way can be his Valentine for the day. It is not compulsory, but it is possible for the guest to dine or offer him a small gift.

IN EUROPE - 2. FINLAND:

Via dailymail.co.uk

More rustic, in Finland, every year is organized the championship of the "carried of woman". It is an obstacle course in which the husband takes his wife. The first to win the weight of his wife in beer…

IN ASIA - 4. CHINA:

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Through globalization, China has also been influenced by our Valentine's Day. But the real celebration of Chinese lovers is celebrated in August and is called Qi Qiao Jie. In Taiwan the quantity of flowers offered has a precise meaning:

1 rose for a single love ; 11 roses for her favorite ; 99 roses forever ; 108 roses for application in marriage

IN ASIA - 5. JAPAN:

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It is the women who offer their lover a gift (very often a box of chocolate). They also offer chocolates to the men around them (especially co-workers). Fortunately on White Day (one month after) men must in turn offer a white gift to women who had offered them two months ago.

IN ASIA - 6. RUSSIA:

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Valentine's Day is becoming more and more popular in Russia. However, if you really want to seduce a Russian woman, it will be better on July 8th, feast of love and loyalty where you can offer seasonal flowers.

IN ARAB COUNTRIES - 8. IRAQ:

Via rediff.com

On 14 February in Iraq, it is possible to forget the violence of jihadists and government forces for one day. For example in Baghdad, the city and the shops are red. It celebrates the love of his spouse but also the love of others in general (friendship, family ...).

IN ARAB COUTRIES - 9. SAUDI ARABIA:

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It is the only country where it is forbidden to celebrate Valentine's Day. The country imposes gender segregation. On 14 February, the religious police monitored the traders.

There should be no red in the windows. So, the lover determined to celebrate his love must buy gifts discreetly (red roses, chocolates in the form of heart ...).

IN AFRICA - 10. IVORY COAST:

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This festival imported from Europe is becoming very popular in this country. Couples go out and offer gifts. The custom is to offer the most expensive gift to his partner. It's good for morale and the shopkeepers love it!

IN AFRICA - 11. CONGO:

The celebration is also very popular, with a small difference in a country where polygamy is legal. February 14 makes it possible to claim its monogamy and showcase its favorite partner.

IN AFRICA - 12. SOUTH AFRICA:

Via bibamagazine.fr

Big celebration and atmosphere for Valentine's Day in South Africa: Diners, balls and long evenings in discotheques on the program! The women pin their darling's name on their sleeves.

IN AMERICA - 13. UNITED STATES

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In the United States, Valentine's Day not only symbolizes love, but also friendship and community. Children participate in this event by making shows at school, making gifts that they will offer to their parents, friends or teachers...

IN AMERICA - 14. CANADA

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Love is also celebrated in general. Chocolates, small sweet words or gifts, everything is good to please his loved ones. Even children offer gifts at school.

IN AMERICA - 15. BRAZIL

The festival of lovers is celebrated on June 12 and is called "Dia dos namorados". It is the occasion for the Brazilian to go party: carnivals and colorful parades animate the streets to celebrate love, family and friends ...

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