In which country do women give men chocolate (not vice versa) on Valentine’s Day?

a) Finland
b) Estonia
c) India
d) Iran
e) Japan

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Valentine’s Day is all about women purchasing the right amount and quality of chocolate for their husbands, boyfriends, and even male coworkers in e) Japan. There are two types of chocolates given to men on February 14: honmei-choco (prospective winner, or lovers’ chocolate) and giri-choco (obligation chocolate, for platonic recipients). Men don’t have to return the favor until a month later, on March 14, or White Day. Men are expected to give gifts at least doubly as valuable to women on this “reply day.” White Day was originally launched by a marshmallow manufacturer, which tried to convince men to give these puffy white confections to women. Now, in addition to marshmallows, men give white chocolates, white lingerie, and jewelry or other gifts  in white packaging to women on March 14.

I hope there is some chocolate coming my way on Valentine’s Day! What are your plans for February 14 this year? Let us know in the comments!

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is a mom of two and the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of THE TRAVEL MAMAS' GUIDE, she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen teaches blogging classes and has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.

Comments

  1. I give my husband chocolate for Valentine’s Day too – he’s the chocoholic in this couple! :)

  2. All I can say is I’m glad I don’t live in Japan. There’s no way I’d want to deal with two Valentines Day, even if one was all about me getting treats.

  3. This is another way to get your favorite chocolates in the house. Who knows what will happen to them?

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