Valentines is one of the most commercial holidays in the world and unfortunately, it is also the day, proven statistically, where the most number of heartbreaks and breakups occurs, probably because of high expectations that weren’t met. But despite all those negative facts, Valentine’s Day is still a very special day where we celebrate love and it is the second most celebrated holiday in the world next to New Year.
During Valentines, it’s kind of a tradition that a guy will buy a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates, and take his girl out for dinner or movie or both and buy a cute teddy bear too if he’s still in high school, but those who are older or already have a job opts to buy a jewelry, not an engagement ring for those who are not yet ready, but a necklace or beautiful pair of earrings for his love one. While girls dress up, wear the highest heels they could walk on and according to my brother, just wait around to receive those things. It may sound a little bad to others but it sort of true anyway, traditionally in western countries, Valentines is a day where boys made their special girls feels special.
In Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China, Valentine’s Day is a bit opposite, it is a day where the majority of girls are busy with preparations instead of guys and there is also a so-called White Day. Not sure why it is called white but it is celebrated every 14th of March, a month after the actual Valentine’s Day. In those countries, Valentine’s Day, like I said, is typically celebrated by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to boys or men, as an expression of love, courtesy, or social obligation. Handmade chocolate is usually preferred by the recipient because of the perception of sincerity, effort, and emotion put into a home-made confection. And on White Day, the reverse happens: men who received “chocolate of love” or courtesy chocolate on Valentine’s Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie, and marshmallows.
There are so many activities and traditions for Valentines in every country, though personally my ideal Valentines is just a stay-at-home dinner date and watching movies because the majority of establishments are full, I hate long lines and crowded places. But that’s just me, how about you, what are your Valentines traditions? Isn’t it more endearing if you make a new tradition with your special someone, different from the generic traditions already? There are so many activities that you could do, not just be going out for a dinner in a fancy restaurant, but I’m leaving you girls with this tip: Always wear the most comfortable yet stylish shoes and for accessories, don’t wear a watch this time, why are you keeping up with the time anyway? And opt for earrings. You never know, your ring finger might be occupied by a new piece of jewelry.
For single people, don’t be upset, a lot of people are not celebrating it too. Why you don’t try celebrating something similar to Black Day, a day in South Korea for single people to get together and eat white noodles with black bean sauce. Well, probably you don’t want noodles but try getting together with your single friends and dance the night away or do something exciting, probably a trip to South Korea? 🙂