There are many quirky Asian love celebrations and we shall look at a few here. When it comes to celebrating love, Asian countries seem to have things well under control! As well as enjoying Valentine’s Day on February 14th every year, countries across the continent also earmark Asian love celebrations for various days in the calendar, with some quirky traditions and ways in which people can show their affection to their loved ones. Here are some of the most unique and interesting celebrations of love to be found in the Asian continent.
In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Chinese celebrate a day of love on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The origin of this day has its roots in an ancient Chinese myth about two star-crossed lovers who were only permitted to meet once every year (on the seventh night). Traditionally, on this day, women offer fruit baskets to their suitors and hope to meet the man of their dreams.
While the onus is usually on men to give the women in their lives gifts on Valentine’s day, in Japan, it’s actually the other way around. On February 14th, women hand out chocolates to their male partners, colleagues, and friends. Exactly one month later, on March 14th, it’s the turn of the men to reciprocate. They are accustomed to giving a white gift to the women in their lives, and this day has come to be known as White Day in Japan as a result.
Koreans follow the same approach to love celebrations as Japan, but with a significant twist! April 14th in the Korean calendar is known as Black Day. People who are single celebrate by traditionally dressing in black, drinking black coffee, and even eating black food. It’s an easy way to associate with other singletons and gives people the chance to meet the love of their life on a day where individuality is celebrated.
A country that loves festivals of all kinds, people in the Philippines celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th with an extra special twist. Every year, thousands of couples gather in public spaces and exchange their wedding vows on masse. This is actually sponsored by the government and is regarded as a public service, which gives many people across the country the opportunity to get married without having to pay exorbitant fees.
As you can see, celebrations of love take on different forms across the Asian continent. If your Asian girlfriend is from one of these countries, consider treating her to something extra special on a specific day that her countrymen and women show their love for one another. It’s a great way to get in her good books and show her how much she means to you!