There are a handful of countries that aren’t Canada or U.S.A. In these places, Valentine’s Day hearts might skip to a different beat.

Four of these facts about other countries are real; one is a fake fact. You can figure this out through process of elimination (much like how you ended up with your Valentine partner).

Happy (?) Valentine’s Day Outside North America // 4 Facts, 1 Fake Fact

1 | Japan: On Valentine’s Day, only women give the gifts. Males get the tough job of appreciatively eating all the homemade chocolates their baes baked.

2 | Korea: If Valentine’s Day leaves you lonely, you have backup: You now qualify to meet up with other loners on the upcoming Black Day to eat soybean noodles.

3 | Spain: Historically, Spanish men indicated their affection on Valentine’s Day by presenting a beloved with a coloured feather. To represent the very colourful European bee-eater bird, they currently gift honey instead of discarded bird bits.

4 | France: In the past, unmarried French individuals would yell out the window the name(s) of those they wanted to Valentine. If the young yeller’s name got hollered back, the two would meet up. It was basically Tinder without a phone plan.

5 | Denmark: Danes pen jokey rhymes for a person of interest and pass off the poems on Valentine’s Day. The receiver must guess who sent the intent since the paper isn’t signed; the creator’s name is represented by one dot per letter of the sender’s name. If the letter-getter guesses right, she (or he) later receives a gift that isn’t a poem.


In Canada, we have our own off-beat Valentine traditions.

Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

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