Saint Valentine’s Day
Saint Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the 14th of February. It is the day people show their love and affection for others. While in the UK we often send cards and gifts there are many different traditions around the globe to celebrate the day of love. Here are some of our favourites.
- Danish men send Gaekkebrev, a ‘joking letter’ consisting of a funny poem or rhyme to their sweetheart. It is written on intricately cut paper and signed only with dots. If the recipient can guess who the letter is from they earn themselves an Easter egg for later in the year.
- North korea – gift giving starts on February 14th with women wooing men with chocolate and cards, men then give gifts to the women on the 14th march (also known as white day). Black day on April 14th is for singletons to mourn their solitary status by eating bowls of black bean paste noodles.
- Wales – have their own saint of lovers, saint Dwynwen, and celebrate on January 25th. A traditional gift from welsh men is a love spoon, a intricately carved wooden spoon with different symbols such a horse shoe for good luck.
- Italy – valentines is celebrated as a spring festival. One old tradition is for young unmarried girls to wake before dawn to spot their future husband. It is said the first man they see will be the man they marry (or at least he will strongly resemble their future husband). A popular gift is Baci Perugina which are small chocolate covered hazelnuts wrapped with a romantic quote printed in four languages.
- South Africa – it is customary for women to wear hearts on their sleeves, with the name of their love interest pinned on their shirtsleeves. This is an ancient roman tradition known as Lupercalia.
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