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VALENTINE’S, GLOBAL-STYLE

Posted 26 January 2018 by The Saucy Fish Co.

February 14th. That special day of bad cards, cheap chocolates and droopy blooms. But wait – it doesn’t have to be this way! Take your romance game up a notch this year and surprise your solemate, with some Saucy inspiration from Valentine’s customs around the world...

South Africa: It’s common for South African women to pin the names of their beaus on the sleeve of their shirts. Literally wearing their hearts on their sleeve. In some instances, this is how men learn that they have an admirer! Well, at least it’s more subtle than a tattoo.

Finland: Here, it’s about more than PDAs and marriage proposals. Finnish folk celebrate ‘Friend’s Day’ where gifts and cards are exchanged with mates. So why not drop your BFF a line.

Japan: It’s all about spoiling your man in Japan, and being extra sweet – that means treating him to tons of (symbolic) chocolate. Gals gift ‘obligation chocolate’ (giri-choko) to men without romantic interest and ‘true feeling chocolate’ (honmei-choko) to their crushes.

Denmark: Amorous males send ‘Gaekkebrev’ anonymously to lucky ladies. These are funny little poems, with clever clues as to the sender. And if she guesses… she wins an Easter egg later in the year! See, it’s all about chocolate in the end.

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