Valentine's Day across the world

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Valentine's Day across the world

Now that we know a little bit about how Valentine’s Day celebrations came to be, let us take a look at how Valentine’s Day is celebrated across the world. Different cultures and nations across the globe celebrate Valentine’s Day in different ways. In America, we are familiar with the exchange of cards and gifts between loved ones. Roses and chocolates are the most commonly exchanged Valentine’s Day gifts and they were usually given by man to the woman. Around 1980’s, fine jewelery became a very popular gifting choice for men. In Canada, the festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Valentine’s Day balls and parties are organized all over the country where people express their love for their spouses and sweethearts and there is always the exchange of gifts. In Canada, there is a tradition wherein children exchange Valentine’s Day gifts with their friends. Songs, skits and plays are organized by schools to celebrate the joy of love.

In Australia, Valentine’s Day is a much-celebrated festival. People in Australia celebrate Valentine's Day festival and they use the opportunity to strengthen bonds of love with family, friends, colleagues and neighbors with simple acts of love. In Britain, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with a lot of cheerful enthusiasm and charm. People express their love for their beloved on this day by presenting them with flowers, cards, chocolates and other special gifts. One wonderful custom they have is the singing of special songs by children. These children are rewarded with gifts of candy, fruit or money. In some regions delectable Valentine buns are baked with caraway seeds, plums or raisins. Another popular tradition is the penning of verses. Weeks before the festival, magazines publish sonnets and verses to honor Saint Valentine’s Day. The custom owes its origin to the poets of Britain who penned many best-loved romantic verses associated with Saint Valentine.

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in an interesting manner on two different dates. One February 14th, women present gifts to their boyfriends or husbands. The favor is returned to ladies on the White Day which is celebrated on March 14th when men pamper women who gave them gifts a month before on Valentine’s Day. They gift a lot of chocolates and the special ones which are called “hon-mei” are meant for boyfriends, lovers or husbands.

In some countries, they have other days to celebrate love and romance. In Romania, the traditional holiday for lovers is “Dragobete” which is celebrated on February 24th. In Slovenia, the day of love is traditionally March 12th, also known as Saint Gregory’s day. In Brazil, the “Dia dos Namorados” which means “Day of the Enamored” is the day for love. It is celebrated on June 12th. It is also celebrated by exchanging gifts, chocolates, cards and flower bouquets.

Valentine’s Day is a beautiful celebration of love and romance. It crosses all boundaries of nations, races, religions and continents. It is a universal festivity for lovers across the globe to rejoice and celebrate their love. Cultures, traditions and customs might differ but the language of love is common to all of mankind and Valentine’s Day celebrates just that.