Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World Published on February 14, 2016 Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day for romance. The day for love. The day $19 billion is spent, 180 million greeting cards are given, and the average person spends $116.21 to show their darling how much they care. Huzzah! But did you know not all places celebrate with flowers and chocolates? Read about these countries that have a few different traditions for that special holiday named after Saint Valentine. South Korea While many people think Valentine’s Day is more about the women, in South Korea it’s the men who are given gifts on February 14th. Women still get their day though: on March 14th, “White Day”, men return the kindness with gifts for the woman who holds their heart. And they don’t neglect the people without significant others! On April 14th, Black Day, single friends convene and eat noodles to celebrate their special non-relationship day. Slovenia St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so instead of candles and roses, the people of Slovenia spend February 14th working in the fields. But don’t worry that the Slovenians have given up on love, they celebrate St. Gregory’s Day as a romantic holiday on March 12th. Saudi Arabia While much of the western world turns red, pink, and white for all of February, Saudi Arabia has banned Valentine’s Day. It’s actually illegal to sell roses and romantic greeting cards in the days leading up to February 14th. However, the WorldPost revealed that some shop owners have discovered ways to allow others to celebrate despite the ban, including receiving orders over the phone and hiding the gifts in the back of their stores. So whether you celebrate with candies and pink buds, go out with a group of friends, or don’t celebrate at all, all of us at Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!