In the U.S., the holiday is dominated by chocolates, roses, and tons of gifts (from stuffed animals to expensive diamond jewelry) as a way of showing one’s love to his or her beloved. As the holiday is becoming more popular, many countries around the world are also adapting it as a day to show love (or buying expensive gifts) to their loved ones.
In China, couples usually have romantic dinners (there are usually special Valentine’s Day meals), go to theaters and exchange gifts. In reality, China’s actual Valentine’s Day is July 7th, based on the myth of the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver goddess.
In Japan, the Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated on March 14th, and it is called “White Day,” where the girls present chocolates (usually hand-made) and gifts to boys of their interest as a way of expressing their love. On White Day, men who received a gift on the actual Valentine’s Day (February 14th) are usually expected to return a gift that’s three times the value of what they received. Popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie, and marshmallows.
Now let’s take a look at the other parts of the world.
In India, people celebrate Valentine’s day in a very unique way, called Vasant Pancham, which means the Festival of Spring. This is when devotees participate in dipping themselves in the holy river. Also, there is Karwa Chauth. Celebrated in North India, Hindu married women fast from sunrise to moonrise in the hopes for safety and long life.
In Italy, the Italians celebrate “La Festa Degli Innamorati,” or holiday of lovers. Known for its natural beauty and charm, on this day lovers also have their unique way of showing love for each other. One activity is when couples fasten padlocks otherwise known as “lucchetti” to bridges and railings, after which, they throw away the key.
There are countless ways for couples to show their love for each other around the world on this day, and we would love to hear how you celebrate it with your special other half. Share your story by leaving a comment in the box below and spread the warmth of this holiday to all!
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