Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World Published on February 14, 2016 Aw, 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. Woohoo! But did you know not everyone celebrates with roses and candy? Read about these countries that have some different traditions for that special day named after Saint Valentine. South Korea While some people think Valentine’s Day is more about the women, in South Korea it’s the men who are showered with gifts on February 14th. No worries, though, women still get their day: on March 14th, “White Day”, men return the love with gifts for the woman they adore. And they don’t leave out the people without partners! On April 14th, Black Day, single friends convene and eat noodles to celebrate their special non-relationship day. Slovenia St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so instead of candles and roses, the people of Slovenia spend February 14th working in the fields. But don’t feel too bad because the Slovenians haven’t 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. It’s actually 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 provided ways to allow others to celebrate despite the ban, including accepting orders over the phone and storing the gifts in the back of their stores. So whether you celebrate with chocolates and roses, go out with your friends, or don’t celebrate at all, all of us at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!