Love or Something Like It: World-wide L’amour

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Romance is in the air, no matter where you are. See how cultures around the world celebrate the ones they love!

Japan

This one’s for the ladies! On Howaito Dē, or White Day, women receive anything from chocolates to jewelry from the men they gifted the month prior, on actual Valentine’s Day. Howaito Dē is when men show reciprocation, buying a gift equal to or three times the value of the gift each received from their lady-love.

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Philippines

Talk about being organized! If you’re in the Philippines, you can celebrate V-Day with a mass wedding, taking place in a mall, beach, or public center. You’ll also be sure to get a smooch. Synchronized kissing is often in order and can break world records for the largest group to synchronize-kiss or the longest duration of kissing. Don’t forget your ChapStick!

Philippines

Denmark  

In Denmark, admirers send gaekkebrev, a riddle or playful poem, to their loved ones. At the bottom of the page, the sender leaves a hint to his/her/their identity, then folds the paper intricately before sending it off. If the recipient can guess the sender, they’re owed an egg on Easter Day. How do you say adorable in Danish?

Denmark


Brazil

Lively as always, musicians and bands take to the streets of Brazil for Dia dos Namorados. All of the love-doves strolling through the cities can take in the warm Brazilian breeze and lively acoustic tunes. Dia dos Namorados falls on June 12, in honor of the Portuguese Saint Anthony, who is the saint of marriage.

Brazil


South Africa

Have a hard time saying how you feel? On this day, the ladies of S.A. show their intentions by pinning a heart on their sleeve. Written on the heart is the name of her crush or significant other. So if you’re looking for love in South Africa on Valentine’s Day, be sure to check for your name on the sleeve of someone who catches your eye!

South Africa

Photos courtesy of David Leggett, Phil Warren, Nillerdk, Edu Alpendre via the Creative Commons (CC) license.