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Unique Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world

14 Feb 2018

Valentine’s Day is celebrated the world over, but celebrations and traditions have differed from country to country. Check out some of our favourites…


On the eve on Valentine’s Day, women in England used to place five bay leaves on their pillows, one at each corner and one in the centre. This is said to bring them dreams of their future husbands just ahead of Valentine’s Day.

English Valentine's tradition


In the Philippines, thousands of couples can share a wedding day on Valentine’s Day. There’s a mass wedding ceremony leading hundreds of couples to gather at malls or other public areas around the country to get married or renew their vows en masse. These group weddings are government funded so are a great way for couples to bag a free wedding!

Philippines Wedding tradition
Photo by Philippine Primer


Young, unmarried girls would wake up before dawn to spot their future husbands. The belief was that the first man a woman saw on Valentine’s Day was the man she would marry within a year. Or he’d at least strongly resemble the man she would marry. 

Italian Valentine's tradition


Traditionally, men and woman would stand in opposite houses calling to each other until they paired off. The men would then discard their paired woman if they were not attracted to her. Discarded women would then light a bonfire and throw photos of this man on to the fire. This is how the phrase ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ was founded. In later years, the French government banned the tradition because of how the women behaved and the danger it was causing.

Just in case you’re feeling a little bitter on Valentine’s Day, don’t try this at home!

French Valentine's tradition

Some of these traditions are sweet, some a little sour and others just downright crazy, but we do love to hear about a strange tradition. Do you know any others? Share them in the comments section below. 

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