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

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In many cultures, we typically associate Valentine's Day with flowers and chocolates purchased by men and given to their wives and girlfriends on Valentine's Day. But there is a country that expects the opposite. In this country, women typically give men chocolate on Valentine's Day instead. Take a look at the countries below, take a guess and then scroll down to find the answer.

In which country do women give men chocolates on Valentine's Day?

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

Scroll down to see the answer…

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




















Women give men chocolate on Valentines Day in e) Japan.

In this Asian country, Valentine's Day is all about women purchasing the right amount and quality of chocolate for their husbands, boyfriends, and even male coworkers. There are two types of chocolates given to men in Japan on February 14. One is honmei-choco, which is prospective winner, or lovers' chocolate. The other is giri-choco, which is 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. Ahh…marketing genius!

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Do you think women should give men chocolate on Valentines Day? Let us know your favorite Valentine's Day gift ideas in the comments below!

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  1. Mary L . Starling says

    I gave & do not regret it 💝🤴

  2. Stephen Robert says

    This is a new thing that I know from your blog thank you for sharing.

  3. Okay, this is definitely on my trip list for the next Valentines;)

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

  5. 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.

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

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