To most of us, Valentines’ Day is a day filled with love, affection, flowers, chocolates, candle-lit dinner and a romantic walk down the beach. However, do you know that there are many different ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day across different cultures around the world? Lovebyte will show you 8 unique ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day in 8 different countries!
Do you know that the Chinese celebrates Valentine’s Day on a different day? The Chinese Valentine’s Day occur on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. This is because of the love story that happened between the 7th daughter of the Emperor of Heaven and an orphaned cowherd. Due to the objection of the Emperor, the love birds were banished to different stars and only allowed to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month. Therefore, on that day, both couples and singles will make their way to the temple of the Matchmaker, pray for longevity in their relationship and wish for love in their lives.
People in Denmark have a really special way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. They would exchange love notes (called gaekkebrevs) that are meant to be humorous and these notes would be signed in a coded dot signature. Those who can guess the identity of the sender would win a chocolate egg on Easter Day as a prize!
Have you ever wondered why sometimes Valentine’s Day gifts include cute little piglets? This is actually a tradition from Germany! These little pigs symbolize luck and also lust. Ladies, now you know why little pigs were given as Valentine’s day gifts! :p
In Turin, Valentine’s Day is a popular day for engaged couples to announce their engagement to friends and families and to receive blessings in return! However, Verona, the City of Romeo and Juliet takes Valentine’s Day celebration up a few notches with four days of events. There are free concerts in Piazza dei Signori and the streets are decorated with heart-shaped lanterns. It is indeed a very beautiful place to be on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is said to be one of the most celebrated occasion in Japan. Typically, women of all ages would present chocolate gifts (usually home made) to men as an expression of love or interest. And on White Day, one month later 14th March, boys and men would return the favour to reciprocate their love or interest. Not only practised in Japan, countries such as Korea and Taiwan celebrate Valentine’s Day with the tradition of White Day as well.
According to traditions, the sight of birds mating is a sure sign of love. So on Valentine’s Day, Norwegians tend to look for these symbolic birds. And if such a sight is witnessed, it means a great deal to couples! Now there isn’t a reason for us to shy away from the sight of animals mating anymore. It’s good luck!
Valentine’s Day in Scotland involves a major party. The main aim of this party is simply for singles to meet new people. The rules of the party is for everyone to write their own name on a piece of paper and put it into a hat which has their gender labeled. Everyone will then draw a name from the other hat. If 2 people draw each others names, it symbolizes strong partnership and great potential. Everyone will then have a partner to enjoy themselves with at the party.
Valentine’s Day is also a popular day for engaged couples to hold their wedding ceremonies. In Thailand, however, wedding ceremonies are far more exciting! For the past 13 years, scores of PADI qualified couples have been descending deep into Thailand’s big blue every Valentine’s Day. Their mission is to say “I do” using divers’ sign language. Now, anybody needs any wedding ideas?
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day lovebirds <3
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