Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World: 5 Romantic Customs To Try From Other Countries

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Valentine's Day may be a global holiday, but that doesn't mean that we all celebrate it the same way. Discover how the day of love is celebrated around the world, and maybe even try out some of these unique but romantic customs. Shutterstock.com

Valentine's Day is here, and the holiday, which began in the Western world, has spread across the globe to countries all over the world. Due to the popularity and commercialization of Valentine’s Day, almost every nation celebrates the day, making February 14 a worldwide holiday, however cupid’s love arrow never strikes the same way.

Meaning that each nation has their own customs and traditions to spread love and admiration. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it's interesting to see how people from different backgrounds and nations spend the holiday. You already know how the U.S. does Valentine’s Day and that entails a lot of chocolate and “I love you” teddy bears, so now take a look at the top 5 most unique and romantic traditions from around the world.

THAILAND: According to CNN, women looking for love visit the Trimurti shrine on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. with red roses, candles and incense sticks. The women then kneel in front of the Hindu deity of love with the hopes of finding someone special. 

GUATEMALA: Valentine's Day is called El Día del Cariño in Guatemala, where the holiday is just as much about friendship and family as it is about romantic love. The Los Angeles Times reports that Guatemalans exchange cards and flowers, much like the United States. 

IRAQ: In Iraq, according to The AtlanticIraqi Kurds celebrate by decorating apples with cloves to gift their partners. The apple is a reference to the story of Adam and Eve with the apple representing love and prosperity. 

CHINA: In China, Valentine's Day is not on Feb. 14 but in August during the Qixi Festival. CNN reports that this holiday is a popular day to get married in that country. Another trend in China: To have pre-wedding photoshoots. 

FRANCE: France has long been hailed as the most romantic country in the world. Their Valentine’s Day customs lend a hand to this romantic reputation with a tradition known as “une loterie d’amour” which translates to “drawing for love.”

Single men and single women would enter houses adjacent to each other, and would then call out to each other through the windows until eventually they paired off. The male suitor has the upper hand in this custom, because if he was not particularly attracted to his female partner, he would leave her and set out to call for another "more pleasing" companion.

Luckily the single women were not left totally alone, the rudely discarded single females would then build a large bonfire and ceremoniously burn images of the men that had deserted them whilst simultaneously hurling abuse and curses at the ungrateful men.

Ahhhh, romance. The practice quickly became out of hand, probably due to the bonfires, and was eventually banned by the French government.

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.