Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World Published on February 14, 2016 Oh, Valentine’s Day. The day for romance. The day for love. The day $19 billion is spent, 180 million 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 countries celebrate with beautiful blossoms and chocolates? See these countries that have somewhat different traditions for the holiday named after Saint Valentine. South Korea While lots of 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 they adore. And they don’t overlook the people without a sweetheart! On April 14th, Black Day, single friends congregate and eat noodles to honor their special non-relationship day. Slovenia St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so instead of date night, 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 a romantic holiday on March 12th. Saudi Arabia While much of the western world turns red, 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 found ways to allow others to celebrate regardless of the ban, including receiving orders over the phone and storing the gifts in the back of their stores. So whether you celebrate with chocolates and pink buds, go out with your friends, or don’t celebrate at all, all of us at Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!