Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World Published on February 14, 2016 Oh, Valentine’s Day. The day for passion. 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. Get excited! But did you know not all places celebrate with beautiful blossoms and candy? Read about these countries that have somewhat different traditions for that special day named after Saint Valentine. South Korea While many people believe Valentine’s Day is more about the women, in South Korea it’s the men who are showered with gifts on February 14th. Women still get their day though: on March 14th, “White Day”, men return the love with gifts for the woman in their life. And they don’t forget the people without a sweetheart! On April 14th, Black Day, single friends get together and eat noodles to honor their special non-relationship day. Slovenia St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so instead of romance, the people of Slovenia spend February 14th working in the fields. But the people have Slovenia have not given up on love, they celebrate St. Gregory’s Day as their special day of love on March 12th. Saudi Arabia While much of the western world turns pink and white for all of February, Saudi Arabia has forbidden Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s 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 provided 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 roses, go out with a group of friends, or don’t celebrate at all, all of us at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!