Valentine’s day tradition all around the world.
On Valentine’s day, there is a tradition where women give chocolates to men. There are two types of chocolates- “Giri-choco”, and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is known as Obligation Chocolate and is given to friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends. On the other hand, Honmei-choco is given to boyfriend, lover and husband. Another unique tradition called “White Day”, which is celebrated on 14th March. On this Day men are supposed to give return gifts to women who gifted them chocolates on Valentine’s Day. More often the colour of the chocolate is white because of the name of the day.
On the 14th of Feb Bulgarians celebrate the feast of St. Trifon Zarezan, the patron of vine growing and wine producing. The day is also known as Winemakers day. The couples also celebrate their love for one another by with a glass of nations delicious wine.
Dragobetele Day is the Romanian Valentine’s day, this day also bears the name of Cap de primavară which means the Beginning of the Spring. Dragobetele Day is inherited from the Dacians and the Romans, at the beginning of spring, on each 15th of February, the Lupercalia festival was being organized. This was a celebration of fertility, the occasion on which the tradition requested the young unmarried girls to write love notes. Each girl would be wooed by the one who had extracted her note from the great hazard`s urn.
The gift-giving starts on February 14th, when it’s up to women to woo their men with chocolates, candies and flowers. The tables turn on March 14th, a holiday known as White Day, when men not only shower their sweethearts with chocolates and flowers but up the ante with a gift.
Qixi festival equivalent to Valentine’s day in China, Which falls on which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year. According to the to Chinese lore, Zhinu, a heavenly king’s daughter, and Niulang, a poor cowherd, fell in love, married and had twins. When Zhinu’s father learned of their marriage, he sent his queen to bring Zhinu back to the stars. Upon hearing the cries of Niulang and the children, the king allowed Zhinu and Niulang to meet once a year on Qixi. During Qixi women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband. Couples also head to temples to pray for happiness and prosperity. At night, people look to the heavens to watch as stars Vega and Altair (Zhinu and Niulang, respectively) come close during the star-crossed pair’s annual reunion.
On Valentine’s day, women in England place five bay leaves on their pillows — one at each corner and one in the centre — to bring dreams of their future husbands.
The celebration is just like the other countries except for the one tradition where thousands of couples sharing a wedding day on February 14th. Mass wedding ceremonies have gained popularity in the Philippines in recent years, leading hundreds of couples to gather at malls or other public areas around the country to get married or renew their vows en masse.
Italian Valentine’s Day tradition was for young, unmarried girls to wake up before dawn to spot their future husbands. The belief was that the first man a woman saw on Valentine’s Day was the man she would marry within a year. Or he’d at least strongly resemble the man she would marry.
They celebrate Dia dos Namorados, or “Lovers Day”, on June 12th. people celebrate this day of love by exchanging gifts and sharing dinner with friends and relatives, too. The following day is Saint Anthony’s Day, which honours the patron saint of marriage. On this day, single women perform rituals called simpatias in hopes that St. Anthony will bring them a husband.
Women in South Africa to wear their hearts on their sleeves on February 14th; women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient Roman tradition known as Lupercalia. In some cases, this is how South African men learn of their secret admirers.
In Wales, Saint Dwynwen Day is celebrated on 25th January which is equivalent to the Valentines day. The tradition of celebrating Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, began in the 17th century when Welsh men gave “love spoons” to women that they loved. These wooden spoons were intricately decorated with designs of various meaning. Wheels signify support, horseshoes symbolize luck, and keys represent the key to a man’s heart.
Australian’s give the extravagant presents to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. This tradition began during the country’s gold rush in the 1850’s when newly wealthy miners would buy elaborate valentines for their wives or girlfriends.