Hey Peacocks! It's that time of year again where all you see are hearts, bears, flowers and chocolate. It’s America’s cutest holiday where sales go up for jewelry for that special someone as love is abundant in the air.
Though we are aware of the traditional American things, has anyone ever wondered what other people do in different countries on Valentine’s Day?
“In Germany, you don't really see a difference in comparison to America when it comes to Valentine’s Day,” said Immanuel Sierk. “You usually see flowers and chocolate all over the place and people spending time with whomever they are dating. In school, you can buy a rose and give it to whoever you want.”
Sierk, a junior on the men’s soccer team, grew up in Germany, but was born in South Africa.
“In South Africa, during an award ceremony held for seniors, you write a note, buy a rose and give it to a person you like,” he said.
Dahye Kang, a junior, is originally from South Korea.
“Usually, on Valentine's Day, women give chocolates to men, and on White Day (March 14) men give chocolates to women in Korea,” she explained. “However, there is nothing fixed and it is just an anniversary for lovers that both give and receive gifts.”
But individuals without partners are not left out of the festivities, Kang said.
“Black Day (April 14) is the day for people without lovers. People who are single and cannot receive gifts on Valentine's Day and White Day eat jajangmyeon,” said Kang. “Jajangmyeon is a Korean-style Chinese cuisine, the color of which is black. I used to eat jajangmyeon with friends on Black Day rather than give and receive gifts during Valentine’s Day or White Day.”