But other than chocolates, did you know that there are several countries which have their own food to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well, here are some of the foods eaten to celebrate the day of love across the world!
It turns out that Valentine’s Day is pretty big in China. This country dedicated a festival to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Chinese Valentine’s Day festival is called Qiqiao (Qixi).
During the festival, single and take women will put on their brand new clothes and pray to the Vega star so they can be granted wisdom and sophistication because both are the quality that is considered to be the most important.
But we’re here for the food, and the Qiqiao festival has a traditional food called Qiaoguo which symbolizes intelligence and ingenuity.
This food is a fried pastry that comes in different shapes and is filled with sweet sesame filling. People would give Qiaoguo to their loved ones, such as significant other, friends, parents, or even parents-in-law.
Now, let’s go to Egypt. Egypt has a main dish called Fattah, which is beef or lamb meat served with rice, bread, and vinegar or tomato sauce.
Usually, when there is a special holiday, it is more common to have lamb Fattah instead of the beef one. Fattah is a popular main dish that we would typically see in many holidays in Egypt, and Valentine’s Day is one of them.
Not only that, but Egyptians also enjoy a drink called rose petal white coffee on Valentine’s Day. Unlike the name, this drink is not actually coffee.
This drink is made of the juice of a thousand rose petals mixed with hot water and a brown sugar cube.
In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is called El Dia del Amor y la Amistad, which translates to “The Day of Love and Friendship”. As alternatives to chocolate, people would give their loved ones sweet candies.
In addition, they also have Valentine’s Day dish called Pibil Pollo. Pibil Pollo is a Yucatan roast chicken seasoned with achiote paste which is a popular seasoning used in many Mexican cuisines.
As Buenos Aires in Argentina is the symbol of romance in South America, people in Argentina take Valentine’s Day seriously.
Instead of Valentine’s Day, they turned it into Valentine’s week. And usually, this week ends with a Friendship Day.
The concept of Valentine’s Day is still relatively new in Buenos Aires, so the food they eat on Valentine’s Day is also a pretty popular food that we can find on other holidays.
Some popular food that we can find during Valentine’s celebration in this country including Empanada, Revuelto Gramajo, and Morcilla.
For those who don’t know, Empanada is fried flour pastry with beef fillings, Revuelto Gramajo is a hash brown dish with cheese, eggs, and vegetables, meanwhile Morcilla is a blood sausage made of pork, rice, and fat.
In Italy, Valentine’s Day is known as La Festa Degli Innamorati which translates to The Day of Lovers.
A popular type of chocolate that is given on this day is called Baci Perugina, which are little chocolate kisses with cherries and love notes inside.
Other than that, there are some popular dishes eaten on Valentine’s Day in Italy, including Spaghetti Carbonara, Penne Arrabiata, and Osso Buco (braised beef with vegetables and broth mixed).
Even though chocolate is still considered as one of the most essential foods for Valentine’s Day in Great Britain, people in this country also enjoy eating raw oysters on Valentine’s day.
To be more specific, people in Great Britain eat Pacific Oysters which are the type of oysters produced on-farm.
Do you have your own favorite food to eat on Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comment section below!