Helpful hint for the men out there: When your girlfriend says not to worry about Valentine’s Day because it’s a commercialized Hallmark holiday and all she really cares about is being in love with you EVERY day? She’s lying. You still have to get her something.
Luckily, there are plenty of Valentine’s Traditions from around the world, so maybe you can get out of having to buy a dozen red roses. Here are some of the best Valentine’s Day Traditions from other countries:
In Finland, February 14th is “Friends Day.” It’s sweet to have a day that’s all about appreciating your buddies, but on this side of the Atlantic, Valentine’s Day is NOT the day to tell someone “you just want to be friends.”
In parts of Spain, all you have to bring to the table is a book. And that’s probably the tradition you should tell her about if your idea of romance is giving her a copy of the Kama Sutra.
Thanks to an old Valentines tradition in Scotland, we have the saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve.” Men and women would throw their names into a hat and select their Valentine’s partner at random by drawing a name. Usually, men paired up for a dance with the girl who drew their name, and the woman would pin her sweetheart’s name to her sleeve for the day.
In Korea and Japan, dudes are off the hook. On February 14th, only the ladies give gifts. Women give men chocolates, but you don’t have to return the favor until March14th.
If you really really hate giving gifts on Valentine’s Day, move to Wales. In Wales, all you have to give your other half is a wooden spoon. Yep. A spoon.
If a spoon still sounds like too much of a commitment, try Saudi Arabia or Iran. They finally banned the damn holiday.
But you go ahead and try to make the “but Saudia-Arabia-banned-Valentine’s-Day” argument with your girlfriend and let us know how it goes.
15% of US women send themselves flowers on V-Day, and that’s just sad. Man up, throw down the cash, and save yourself a fight.