Valentine’s Day Celebrations Around the World!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world to express your appreciation to your significant other. While there are a few different stories of how the holiday began, it’s in celebration of St. Valentine and is believed to have origins in Lupercalia, a Roman festival held in February. The festival included pairing women with men in a lottery but was eventually replaced with St. Valentine’s Day and became a celebration of romance. Looking to switch up your Valentine’s celebrations? Rubinsohn Travel is here to provide you with the best ways to celebrate from around the world!
Denmark has only celebrated Valentine’s Day since the early 1990s, but they have created their own traditions since. The Danish celebrate by exchanging snowdrops, a white flower given to someone in place of a traditional rose. This tradition is usually one between friends, “lovers cards” are also exchanged between those in relationships instead. Gaekkebrev is also a Danish tradition, which involves younger couples who celebrate their love by writing notes and witty poems.
In South Korea, Valentine’s Day is popular among younger couples. The holiday is celebrated in variations each month from February until April. Celebrations begin on February 14th when women give gifts to men, including candy and flowers. A month later on March 14th, White Day is celebrated by men giving gifts to women. Not in a relationship? South Korea also hold a celebration, known as Black Day. On April 14, singles “mourn” their status by eating jajangmyeon, a bowl of black bean-paste noodles.
Colombians celebrate Love and Friendship Day (Dia de Amor y Amistad), each September 20th. Although the tradition is more about celebrating friendship and tends to be less romantic, friends join for dinner and drinks. The holiday began in 1969 to boost the Colombian economy because there weren’t any established holidays in September!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in similar traditional ways in Britain, but one custom is a bit different. Children sing songs related to the occasion and are given gifts, like candy or money in exchange. Another tradition involves composing verses and sonnets a month prior to Valentine’s Day. Magazines and tabloids publish these traditions that originated from British poets who created romantic love poems.
In South Africa, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by following an ancient Roman tradition. Young girls pin the names of their significant other on their sleeves, which is part of the Lupercalia tradition. Shops decorate with flowers, love symbols, and other traditional African decorations. Celebrations can last up to a week-long, with parties that highlight South African culture. In some parts of South Africa, citizens attend balls, visit wildlife parks, and even go river rafting!
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