Did you know, in America Valentine's is very different than Japan? Today I'll talk about the differences, similarities, and my favorite parts of both!
Difference: American Valentine's gifts are for women.
In Japan February 14th is the day girls give the guys they like gifts, but in America it's opposite! American men give their girlfriends, wives, or special someone a gift on Valentine's Day in America.
There also is no such thing as White Day in America! Guys in America just miss out on gifts! In some parts of America, there is a day called "Sweetest Day", but most people don't know about it or celebrate it.
Similarity: Chocolate (and roses) are most popular.
American's love chocolate on Valentine's just as much as Japan! There are all kinds of chocolate but I picked the three most iconic to show you here.
- Dove chocolate hearts
2.Heart shaped boxes of chocolate (Russel Stover or Ghirardelli brand)
3. Reese's hearts
Difference: Valentine's for friends
In America a lot of people celebrate Valentine's with not romantic partners! Parents often give children Valentine's cards, and children give parents and grandparents cards and chocolate sometimes too!
In Elementary school we also have Valentine's parties! We each make a small box and place it on our desk, then during the party we pass out valentine cards (usually with a small candy attached) to each persons box. It was so fun to do because the stores sell all the best character cards and you get to write cute messages to friends!
My favorite: Galentines Day
"Galentines Day" is February 13th and is a day to celebrate all the special ladies in your life! It comes from a comedy TV show called "Parks and Recreation", but once I saw it I celebrate Galetines in real life every year!
Before the lovey-dovey Valentine's Day traditions its a great day to share with your girlfriends and let each other know how important your friendship is! Going to brunch and giving small gifts is how I celebrate with my friends. Why don't you give Galentines Day a try this year?