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Valentine's Day Around The World

Valentine’s Day is here, and love is in the air all around the world! You may be familiar with American Valentine’s traditions like chocolate, candy hearts, and romantic dinners — but around the world, people celebrate this holiday in many unique and different ways!

Want to learn more about the season of love around the world? Then read on!

Bulgaria – Feast of Trifon Zarezan

Luckily for Bulgarians, the patron saint of vineyards, Trifon Zarezan, shares a feast day with Saint Valentine! Because of this, Bulgarians celebrate both great love and great wine on February 14th. Priests perform a traditional blessing over the country’s vineyards, and farmers prepare elaborate feasts for family, loved ones, and visitors highlighting their best wines. Watch some traditional Trifon Zarezan festivities at a Bulgarian vineyard here!

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Korea – Black Day

Valentine’s Day may be a celebration of love for couples, but in Korea, they aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy a holiday to themselves. Two months after Valentine’s Day, on April 14th, single people all over Korea commemorate their status by eating jjajangmyeon. Jjajangmyeon is a beloved dish imported to Korea from China, featuring noodles smothered in a dark, rich black bean sauce and giving this “singles holiday” its name — Black Day!

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Estonia – Sõbrapäev

In most places, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romantic love — but in Estonia, it’s actually a celebration of friendship! Called Sõbrapäev, February 14th is the day Estonians give gifts, candies, and cards to friends and family to show their appreciation.

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Wales – Feast of Saint Dwynwen

The Welsh celebrate their patron saint of lovers, Saint Dwynwen, a little earlier than the rest of the world. On January 25, couples in Wales exchange elaborately-carved “love spoons” etched with symbols to express affection. Learn more about the art of spoon-carving here!


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