Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World Published on February 14, 2016 Aw, 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 significant other how much they care. Get excited! But did you know not all places celebrate with beautiful blossoms and yummy goodies? Read about these countries that have some different traditions for the holiday named after Saint Valentine. South Korea While many people think Valentine’s Day is more about the women, in South Korea it’s the men who receive gifts on February 14th. Women still get their day though: on March 14th, “White Day”, men return the favor with gifts for the woman who holds their heart. And they don’t leave out the people without partners! On April 14th, Black Day, single friends congregate and eat noodles to celebrate 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 don’t worry that the Slovenians have given up on love, they celebrate St. Gregory’s Day as their romantic day on March 12th. Saudi Arabia While much of the western world turns pink and white for the duration of of February, Saudi Arabia has banned 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 discovered ways to allow others to celebrate regardless of the ban, including accepting orders over the phone and storing the gifts in the back of their stores. So whether you celebrate with candies and pink buds, go out with your squad, or don’t celebrate at all, all of us at Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!