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While not every country celebrates Valentine's Day like we do in North America, these countries have sweet traditions of their own.

South Korea

The tables turn in this country! On Valentine's Day it's the woman's responsibility to show their affection! Women shower their loved ones with chocolates and candy. Come March 14th, what's known as White Day in South Korea.. it's the men's turn. On White Day, men who received a gift for Valentine's Day respond with a gift in return.

Wales

Valentine's Day comes early in Wales where it's celebrated in January rather than February like most of the world. Here, the Welsh show their love by gifting love spoons! Each spoon is engraved with characters and shapes that have symbolic value.

Philippines

Valentine's Day takes this romantic country by storm. Thousands of couples wait for Valentine's Day to get married or renew their vows. They even see mass marriage ceremonies!

Photo credit: Eurochocolate

Italy

Baci, the chocolate sweet that originates from the region of Perugia, Italy - is the gift of choice. Baci translates to "kiss" - so this romantic country gifts thousands of chocolate kisses.

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Lebkuchen are ginger flavoured cookies popular to give as a Valentine's Day gift in Germany

Germany

While chocolates are popular in Germany, the real tradition is Lebkuchenherz. Lebkuchen "hearts" are spiced cookies similar to gingerbread and are topped with sweet messages like "Ich Liebe Dich" or "I Love You".

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While not every country celebrates Valentine's Day like we do in North America, these countries have sweet traditions of their own.

South Korea

The tables turn in this country! On Valentine's Day it's the woman's responsibility to show their affection! Women shower their loved ones with chocolates and candy. Come March 14th, what's known as White Day in South Korea.. it's the men's turn. On White Day, men who received a gift for Valentine's Day respond with a gift in return.

Wales

Valentine's Day comes early in Wales where it's celebrated in January rather than February like most of the world. Here, the Welsh show their love by gifting love spoons! Each spoon is engraved with characters and shapes that have symbolic value.

Philippines

Valentine's Day takes this romantic country by storm. Thousands of couples wait for Valentine's Day to get married or renew their vows. They even see mass marriage ceremonies!

Photo credit: Eurochocolate

Italy

Baci, the chocolate sweet that originates from the region of Perugia, Italy - is the gift of choice. Baci translates to "kiss" - so this romantic country gifts thousands of chocolate kisses.

Lebkuchen are ginger flavoured cookies popular to give as a Valentine's Day gift in Germany

Germany

While chocolates are popular in Germany, the real tradition is Lebkuchenherz. Lebkuchen "hearts" are spiced cookies similar to gingerbread and are topped with sweet messages like "Ich Liebe Dich" or "I Love You".

RELATED

Skype a Chef for a Private Cooking Class!

Learn to cook with a chef or culinary expert from around the world (Italy! Thailand! Hungary!) - all without leaving your kitchen! Skype a chef into your home for a great date-night in, girls get-together, epic dinner party, gift for someone you love, or just a gift to yourself.The Chef & The Dish has been rated 'Best Gifts' by Forbes, TimeOut NY, Chowhound, and more!

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