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Valentine s Day Eastern Mysteries The Colours Of Love And Romance To Help Your Love Life

We send around a billion cards a's the second biggest card-fest after Christmas and we're familiar with the red roses, chocolates and candlelit dinners that western culture enjoys on this celebration of love and romance every February 14th. In western culture, Valentine's Day is all about red for roses, passionate scarlet, caring crimson and cheeky cherry.

But what does this day look like elsewhere? The mysteries of the tales of St Valentine have intrigued the world for centuries and the same sentimental celebrations come in many different guises.

Roses are red, violets are blue… in Japan and Korea, Valentine's Day takes on a different hue.

The red remains but chocolate is the colour and flavour of February 14th in Japan. This is a day when the women work hard to impress and please all the men in their lives. The language of love is expressed through chocolate rather than cards. It's expected for women to give sweet treats known as giri-choco or 'obligation' chocolates to male co-workers, bosses and acquaintances. These are cheaper, low quality versions of the honmei-choco or 'true feeling' chocolates that are given to their real sweethearts. Needless to say, this is boom time for the chocolate making companies in Japan, with half of annual sales around this time of the year.

It's a whole month later before the men respond. They wait until March 14th to say thank you. This date is 'White Day', when men express their gratitude to women for their tokens and gifts by giving white chocolate and marshmallows to those who spoiled them in February. The special sweethearts receive jewellery most often. A charming necklace or elegant ring is most popular, as well as flowers or a cuddly toy. Another popular gift is a handkerchief, which are often really beautiful collectable items in Japan.

In Korea, there's another colour again. The suitably and sadly-named 'Black Day' follows on April 14th. It is a dark day indeed where all the poor men who received no gifts on Valentine's day gather together to share their sorrow over a plate of Jajangmyun - Chinese-style noodles topped with black sauce.

Whatever colour reflects you or wherever you're located this Valentine's Day, prepare for the evening by indulging yourself in the aromas of the orient with a luxurious Japanese Yuzu smoothing body lotion. The therapeutic benefits of the Yuzu citrus fruit have been enjoyed for nearly as many centuries as the tales of St Valentine himself. Whatever is in store for you this Valentine's day, make sure it includes love, romance, relaxation and plenty of colour.

About Author Rebecca Sophia Meade :

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