Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th in the UK, USA and much more of the world, and not just the western world. To celebrate Valentine’s Day today we take a look at some of the traditions of the day around the globe…
In Wales, the Welsh celebrate love on January 25th – St Dwynwen’s Day by exchanging intricately carved wooden spoons, known as love spoons.
In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about the men! It is the day of the year when women shower their male friends and colleagues with chocolate gifts.
In Denmark and Norway they have their own quirky tradition of sending short funny poems and rhymes to their Valentine. The only clue to their identity they leave is a dot for every letter of their name. If the Valentine guesses correctly they are rewarded with an Easter egg at Easter!
In England in the 1700s on the even of Valentine’s day ladies would place 4 bay leaves in the corner of their pillow and one in the centre, it was said they would then dream of their future husbands!
In Argentina as well as celebrating Valentine’s Day they have a whole week in July called ‘Sweetness Week’ where kisses are exchanged for sweet treats.
In Poland they also celebrate Valentine’s Day, but they have their own tradition also called ‘Wet Monday’ where boys soak girls with water. Buckets are launched at girls in the street and it is said the girl who is soaked the most will be the first to marry.
In Bulgaria on February 14th they celebrate what is known at St Trifon Day, or Winemakers Day, where couples will toast their love with a glass of wine.
In the Philippines Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to get married and mass weddings are held where hundreds of people will marry in unison.
In Estonia and Finland Valentine’s Day is more about friendship than love and people give small gifts and thanks to all those who are close to them.
In the Czech Republic traditionally, lovers celebrate the date of May 1st with a pilgrimage to the statue of poet Karel Hynek Macha in Petrin Park, and a kiss underneath a cherry blossom is said to bring luck for the coming year.
In Taiwan roses are a very significant bloom to give to the one you love. A single rose is a romantic gesture, 99 means ‘forever’, and 108 is the number that signifies a proposal!
In Germany you may be surprised to find cards and gifts featuring a pig – a German symbol of lust and luck.
In Ghana the government made Valentine’s Day ‘National Chocolate Day’, very smart as they are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the cocoa bean!
However you are celebrating Valentine’s Day we hope you have a good one, and if you propose or are proposed to we would love to hear your story!