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Valentine's Day Celebrations Around the World: Asian Traditions

Valentine's Day Celebrations Around the World: Asian Traditions

Ever wonder how the "day of love" is celebrated around the world? Though not always celebrated on February 14th, many Eastern cultures dedicate a special day to expressing love and appreciation to loved ones. The following represents a selection of unique and interesting ways people celebrate love in Asia:
China 
The holiday tradition of the Qixi Festival is considered the "Chinese Valentine's Day." It is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese calendar, falling this year on August 9, 2016. During the festival, young girls will pray for sewing skills and make wishes for happiness and love. Loved ones typically gift chocolates, lovely gifts and fancy dinners to one another.
India 
Valentine's Day is relatively new to India, as television and radio influenced the culture with love-letter competitions in the 1990s. There continues to be some controversy around the holiday, as culturally Indians still consider love and marriage to be topics that involve the whole family, not just the couple themselves. 
Japan 
In Japan on Valentine's Day it is customary for women to be the gift-givers, the most popular gift being chocolate. As you might expect in a culture in which all types of communication can be considered an art form, each variety of chocolate has a different meaning, depending on the nature of the relationship: "Giri-choco" literally means "obligation chocolate" and is given more as a courtesy with no romantic association to teachers, male co-workers, and even bosses. "Honmei-choco" means "favorite chocolate" and is reserved for a man for whom the giver has romantic feelings. "Tomo-choco" means "friendship chocolate" and is popularly given in schools by boys and girls to all their friends. Later, on March 14th, or "White Day," men return the favor by giving chocolate to women, with inexpensive chocolates given in a non-romantic situation and higher-quality given to loved ones. 
South Korea
In South Korea, the 14th day of every month of the year is celebrated as a certain "love day." The most popular is Valentine's Day on February 14th, when women give gifts of chocolate to men. "White Day" is celebrated on March 14th. Men return gifts of chocolate. Unique to South Korea, a third day, "Black Day" falling on April 14th, is dedicated to singles. 
Nevertheless, Valentine's Day is becoming increasingly popular. People may express their love to friends and family, as well as loved ones, and even propose on this romantic day. Gifts exchanged include chocolates, fresh flowers, cards, soft toys and candies.





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