On Valentine’s Day in South Africa, young women will pin the name of their crush to their sleeve for all to see — it’s an homage to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. In Estonia, friendship rather than romantic love is traditionally celebrated on February 14. And in the Philippines, the day is a popular occasion for mass weddings where hundreds, sometimes even thousands, tie the knot in unison in huge, government-sponsored events.

We’re so glad Vashi created this charming guide to the world’s unusual and romantic Valentine’s Day traditions. The illustrations are by Marie Muravski.

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Argentina

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Brazil

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Bulgaria

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10 volunteer opportunities for free travel

by Matt Scott
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23 awesome travel jobs and how to get them

by Michelle Schusterman
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15 perfect Instagram shots of Singapore

by Christine Peterson
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China

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Czech Republic

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Estonia

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France

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Ghana

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Japan

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23 awesome travel jobs and how to get them

by Michelle Schusterman
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18 awesome camping gear ideas you never would have thought of

by Shar Riley
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4 things you need to remember about mixed relationships

by No - Yolo
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Philippines

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Romania

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South Africa

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South Korea

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Southwest Chida

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Spain

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Wales

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