Ah, the romance! Nothing makes our hearts beat so much as candles, flowers and sweet words of love. We are so enamored of the love that lights up our lives that we devote a whole day to it: the wonderful Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day has its roots in an ancient (rather daring) Roman tradition called the Lupercalia. Each year, on February 15, young men, dressed in their simplest apparatus, went to spank (delicately) the young girls in order to stimulate their fertility.
These pagan antics remained terribly popular, even after Constantine declared Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.
Later, the Lupercalia merged into the Christian tradition, thus becoming Valentine’s Day, in honor of this capricious saint who celebrated illegal marriages during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II. For his misbehavior, Valentine’s Day was executed on February 14, and today it is on this day that lovers around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Traditions on this day vary from country to country – here’s a quick rundown of all the romantic celebrations held on February 14th across the world!
In the USA
In the United States, lovers show their fondness for each other without limits: each year, Americans spend a tidy sum of $18 billion on candy, cards, chocolates, flowers and jewelry.
Greeting cards are the most common gift, but not only among couples; parents, friends and students also give each other cards containing little words of friendship, affection and appreciation.
Contrary to what you might think, America’s most popular Valentine’s Day treats aren’t boxes of chocolates, but little hearts with messages like “Become Mine” and “Kiss Me”. For the record: in one year, we produce as many heart-shaped candies as there are people on earth!
In South Korea and Japan
In this part of the world, it is the men who are pampered on Valentine’s Day, as women buy chocolates for their partners, family members and male colleagues as a sign of affection and love. appreciation.
But fear not, ladies, because your turn will come a month later. On March 15, known as White Day, men return the favor by offering cakes, candies and flowers.
In the UK, couples don’t mess around with Valentine’s Day. Lovebirds from all over the British Isles give each other flowers, chocolates and jewelry as gifts.
In the evenings, couples generally enjoy a good restaurant in town, unless they opt for a candlelit dinner at home. Either way, love is in the air.
Finland is the perfect place for anyone traveling solo. You don’t have to worry about staying away from the festivities, because in this country the party is celebrated with friends. In Finnish, this day is even called “Friends’ Day”, not Valentine’s Day.
The official flower is the pink rose, but friends are just as happy to receive gifts, cards or candy.
Thanks to the carnival celebration across the country, almost all Peruvians are on leave on February 14, which means they have more time to plan their romantic routes. Instead of affording roses, many opt for orchids – a native flower.
They even organize mass weddings to welcome all the couples who choose to say “yes” to each other on this most romantic day of the year.
Brazilians ignore February 14 and its celebrations to commemorate, instead, Saint Anthony, the patron saint of marriage and fruitful encounters, on June 12.