In the United States, Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated in schools with cards, chocolates, gifts, balloons, notes and simply, spending some quality time with your “valentine.”
Forbidden Love in Parts of South Asia and the Middle East:
There are also parts of the world (e.g., India, Iran) where children and adolescents are not allowed to celebrate this day because of cultural beliefs that restrict girls and boys from showing feelings of attraction until they are married.
In these parts of the world, globalization and western influences has also led many youth to rebel in order to celebrate Valentine’s day. Like in India and Iran, many urban, affluent youth are starting to participate in Valentine’s day activities with flowers, cards, etc. even though the majority of society disapproves of this celebration.
Dress to Impress in Vietnam:
In Vietnam, couples typically celebrate by wearing similar outfits. They usually where the same same style or color of clothing.
2 days of Celebrations in Japan:
In Japan they have two different days to celebrate love. The day for girls to give chocolates to boys is on February 14. The day for boys to give cookies or white chocolates to girls is on March 14 (also called “White Day”).
3 days of celebrations in Korea (including a Singles Night Out):
Korea has three dates to celebrate. The first two are similar to Japan’s celebration (see above). The third date is on April 14, also known as “Black Day” for all the singles. The singles get together and share in a meal. They usually eat jajangmyeon noodles (which are black).
Friendly Games in Dominican Republic:
In the Dominican Republic they play a game called “Angelito” where they rip pieces of paper and write the names of another boy or girl. They each get a chance to pick a name and then get their “Angelito” a present.
Reserved for True Love in Spain:
In Spain, this day is reserved only for people who are truly in love.