Valentine’s Day is Different in the U.S.??
Did you know that Valentine’s Day in the U.S. is a little different than in Japan?
In Japan, on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, it’s traditional for women to give chocolates to men. In addition to men they love, they sometimes also give chocolates to their male coworkers, bosses, and even classmates.
One month later, on March 14th, Japan celebrates “White Day,” a holiday where men give gifts to the women who gave them chocolate on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day traditions in the United States are actually a little different! People typically exchange gifts, cards, and candy with their romantic partners or loved ones. It’s also a popular day for marriage proposals and romantic gestures.
Many people say
that the American style has more pressure because it might be embarrassing if one person prepares a gift and the other one doesn’t.
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