Valentine’s Day is just around the crook and stores have been flooded with chocolates, candy hearts, and toy animals.
In the United States, shelves brimming with boxes of chocolate and teddy bears are normally Valentines Day fare, however, not every state turns to heart-shaped candies and greeting cards just to shout out their feelings.
With Carnival seized sometime in February and/or March every year, Brazilians skips the 14th or February celebration and as a substitute commemorated Dia dos Namorados, being called for “Lovers’ Day,” on the 12th of June. Additionally, the typical exchanges of MUSIC FESTIVALS, chocolates, flowers, cards, flowers and performances are being held throughout Brazil. Gift giving is not limited to the couples only. In Brazil, the people are celebrating this moment of love by sharing dinner with relatives and friends and by exchanging gifts too.
The following day will be the day of Saint Anthony, which will the marriage patron saint. On this day, solo women perform rituals known as the “simpatias” in hopes that day St. Anthony may bring them their husband.
The alike to Valentines Day here is Qixi, or it is the 7th Night Festival, that falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month every year. Base on the Chinese lore, this Zhinu is the daughter of the heavenly king, and Niulang, the poor cowherd, fall in love, got married and they had twins. But when Zhinu’s father discovered of their union, he sends off his queen to take back Zhinu to the stars. During the hearing of the cries of children and Niulang, the king permitted Niulang and Zhinu to meet every year on Qixi.
During the Qixi, the young women prepare gifts of MELON and other FRUTIS to Zhinu in wishing of locating the good husband. The couples also move to the temples to request for prosperity and happiness. In the evening, the people look up to the heavens and watch as the stars Altair and Vega (Niulang and Zhinu, respectively) come close through the star-crossed partner’s annual reunion.
Even though Valentine’s Day is just a relatively latest holiday in Denmark, but according to the Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Denmark, the state has already embraced 14th of February with the Danish twist. Instead of roses, these sweethearts and friends are exchanging pressed white flowers known as “snowdrops”.
One more famous Danish Valentines Day practices is the switch of the “LOVER’S CARD.” While the lover’s cards were initially transparent cards that showed the picture of its card giver handing the gift to the other sweetheart, the word has now been synonymous with any other card being exchanged during Valentine’s Day. On the 14th of February, the men are given the ladies with “gaekkebrev”, it is a “joking letter” that has the funny poem or the rhyme written on obscure cut paper and only signed with anonymous dots. When the woman who takes the gaekkebrev can rightly guess the sender, then she will earn herself the Easter eggs later that year.
On the night of Valentine’s Day, the women in England are in the habit of placing FIVE BAY LEAVES UNDER THEIR PILLOWS — one in its center and one in the corner — to bring ideas of the future husbands. Then again, they would wet the bay leaves with the rosewater and will place them across the pillows.
In the place of Norfolk, Jack Valentine acted as the Santa of sorts during Valentine’s Day. The children anxiously stay to perceive Jack Valentine to knock on their entry door, and even though they do not catch the glimpse of the Old Father Valentine, the children still enjoy the small gifts and the candies being left on their terraces.
Paris has been considered as one of the main romantic capitals from around the world. With the reputation being one of the top passionate destinations from around the globe, it is a bit wonder France had long been celebrated Valentine’s Day being the lovers’ day.
It has been stated that the first ever Valentine’s Day card begin in France when Duke of Orleans, Charles, sent affectionate letters to his adored wife while being imprisoned in the London Tower in 1415. Now, VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS still remain a famous practice in France and from around the world.
One more traditional Valentine’s Day occasion in France was “loterie d’amoure, or the drawing for love.” Guys and ladies would fill the houses that faced each other, and then will take turns naming out to each other and then being paired off. Men who were not satisfied with the match could just leave the woman for another, the women that are left unmatched will gathered afterward to have a bonfire.
At the bonfire, the women burned the pictures of the guys who wronged them, hurled swears and being insulted by the opposite sex. This event became so unmanageable that the French administration eventually banned the custom all together.
Originally, Italians commemorated the day of Valentine as the Spring Festivity. The amorous and the young gathered outside in the gardens and such so they may take pleasure of music and the poetry readings just before taking the stroll with their dear loved.
Another Day for the Italian Valentine celebration was for the unmarried, young girls to awaken just before sunrise to spot the future husbands. The faith was that the initially woman and man who saw each other on Valentine’s Day will be the man she will marry within the year. Or he would at least robustly resemble the guy she would marry.
Now, the Italians are celebrating Valentine’s Day with the exchange gifts between lovers and there is also the romantic dinner. One of the top most famous gifts in Italy during Valentine’s Day is the BACI PERUGINA, and these are chocolate-covered, small HAZELNUTS wrapped with the romantic quote in print with four languages.
While the celebrations, Valentine’s Day in the Philippines is similar to commemorate in the Western countries, one custom has swept the state and led to the thousands of pairs sharing the wedding day on the 14th of February. MASS WEDDING services have gained fame in the Philippines during the current years, guiding hundreds of pairs to be gathered at the malls or in some other public places around the state to be married or to renew their promises or “vows en masse.”
Like in lots of parts in the world, the country of South Africa celebrated Valentines Day with FESTIVITY, flowers and some other symbols of love. It is also customary for ladies in the country of South Africa to carry their hearts on the sleeves on the 14th of February; women pinned the names or identity of their love appeal on their shirtsleeves, the ancient Roman custom called as Lupercalia. In most instances, this is how the South African men are learning of their secret fans.
The celebration of Valentines Day is the famous holiday for the young pairs in South Korea, while the variations of the festival are celebrated from February up to April. The present-giving begins on the 14th February, when it is up to the monthly ladies to woo their guys with FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES AND CANDIES. The tables turned on 14th of March, the holiday called as the White Day, when the men are not only showering their sweethearts with flowers and chocolates, but up an ante with the gift.
While for those who do not have that much to celebrate during Valentine’s Day or the White Day, there will be the third holiday: the Black Day. On the 14th of April, it is customary for the singles to grieve their solitary standing by eating gloomy bowls of the jajangmyeon, or the black beans paste noodles.
You will not find the Welsh commemorating Saint Valentine instead, the people in Wales commemorated Saint Dwynwen, this Welsh supporter saint of lovers, during the 25th of January.
One habitual romantic Welsh present is the LOVE SPOON. In as early as 17th century, the Welsh men carved complex wooden spoons as their token of love for the ladies they loved. Symbols and patterns were carved in these love spoons, and each signifying with a different meaning. The few samples include horseshoes, which stands for good luck; keys, which symbolize a key to the man’s heart and the wheels, which symbolizes support. Now, love spoons are being exchanged also for celebrations like weddings, births and anniversaries.