On February 14, Valentine’s Day will be celebrated across the globe.
Love it or loathe it, but you can’t escape it. If you are all gearing up to the occasion and choosing the best of the cards and roses for the loved one, other people around the world are preparing differently.
Take a look at some of the V-Day traditions from other countries:
Japanese women do not receive gifts, instead gift the men. However, the gesture is returned a month later.
The women in South Africa write down the name of the person they love and pin it up onto their sleeves.
Pigs are believed to be the symbol of lust and luck. Hence, they are often seen on the greeting cards with four-leaf clovers.
Finland and Estonia
14th February is celebrated as a day of friendship and not romantic love.
On the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, Qixi festival is celebrated. The story behind this festival is that the weaver girl and cow herder were united by the silver river (Milky Way). Hence, a flock of magpies formed a bridge to unite them for one night.
The French tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day got so out of control that at one point government had to ban it. The men and women would gather in houses across the road and would shout out the name of the person they loved. The man could leave a woman for another woman. At the end, the unmatched women would gather around and burn the pictures of the men.
In Wales, 25th January is celebrated as St. Dwynwen’s Day, who is believed to be a patron of love. It is traditional for men to gift women hand carved wooden spoons.
All most all of England celebrates V-Day by exchanging greetings and gifts. However, in Norfolk Jack Valentine brings gifts to the children.
Acting as the spoilt-sport, this Arab nation has put a strict ban on red roses and celebrating Valentine’s Day.
As they say “All is fair in love and war.”