Valentine’s day! A day of love! The 14th of February is celebrated every year as the day of love. Some celebrate this day with their loved ones, while some decide to make this day about self-love! For some, every day is a day of love with their special someone, while for others, February 14 makes magic happen. From special Valentine’s Day gifts to dates, everybody has a different perspective and way of celebrating this day. Let’s have a look at how people from different places around the world celebrate this day of love.
An Eston-ishing Valentine’s Day In Estonia
In Estonia, people don’t really use the terms “Valentine’s Day” or “Friendship Day.” They like to call this day a “Soprapoev.” It is an inclusive celebration that includes not only your loved ones and partners but also single people. Friends and family are also part of this festive celebration. They took “the day of love” too literally and made all their loved ones a part of it, which we appreciate! By showering each other with Valentine’s Day gifts, they greet each other with “happy friend’s day.” We do not know if we should feel bad for the couples who wanted to have a date or feel happy for the singles!
Let’s Celebrate With Wood In Wales
That’s right. It is a tradition in Wales to carve wooden spoons for their lovers. They observe this one-of-a-kind day of love on January 25 rather than February 14. The lovers are supposed to carve special, full-of-love spoons for their partners. It has been going on for a long time and can still be seen in Wales. Given as a Valentine’s Day gift, these are so sweet. The highlight of these spoons is not just that they are handmade and visually appealing. It is because couples have little hidden messages and secrets. It contains dots that represent the number of children they want with each other. We think it’s really cute!
What Better Day To Get Married Than On The Day Of Love
Different traditions from around the world are always surprising. Especially the one in the Philippines for Valentine’s Day. In the Philippines, there are thousands of couples getting married around the country. These weddings are entirely funded by the country’s government. This sponsorship includes everything, from rings to the venue. Who wants to be a citizen of the Philippines now?
Valentine’s Day? More Like Chocolate Day In Ghana
We all know that Ghana is famous for its production of chocolate! On the day of love, the people of the country, along with their love for their partners, express their love for chocolates! Everything around the country is festive on this day. It’s like a celebration all over the country, with people swaying to music and dishes in restaurants and hotels being chocolate-themed.
A Poetry Challenge
In Norway, challenges, or more like a game of cute and fun poems, take place! The men are supposed to write funny and relatable poems for their loved ones and send them over to their crushes, but with a twist! These poems are completely anonymous, with only a few hints. The girl is supposed to guess the sender, and she gets an easter egg on Easter if she does so as a reward! Another reason to visit beautiful Norway besides the Northern Lights.
A Glass Of Red Or White
In Bulgaria, Valentine’s Day, or the day of love, is also celebrated as the day of winemakers! So cool! This celebration is referred to as San Trifon Zartan. Couples go on dates in Bulgaria like in other countries, but with a special addition. It is two glasses of amazing wine, freshly produced by the winemakers of Bulgaria! This ritual makes us want to celebrate our Valentine’s Day in Bulgaria with a glass of red! It might just be one of the Valentine’s Day gifts.
The Korean Twist
In South Korea, every month is a month of love. The 14th of every month is a celebration of love for them. On February 14th, only women are allowed to give chocolates to their partners. Returning a Valentine’s Day gift, the males give chocolate back to their partners on March 14th. Don’t worry! The singles are not forgotten. On April 14th, the singles who unfortunately did not receive a chocolate, are supposed to gather with fellow singles and have a treat of black noodles, or Jjajyangmyeon in Korean.
Handmade Gifts Only
In Denmark, the day of love is not limited to Valentine’s Day gifts and materialistic stuff. The couples believe in showing affection by making handmade cards for their lovers. They express themselves in these writings and include real white flowers in the cards. These white little flowers are called “Snowdrops” in Denmark, and we are here for them! I can’t wait to make one of these for myself because, as Miley Cyrus said, “I can give myself flowers!”
The ‘Rom’ In Romance Stands For Romania
The day of love is celebrated on February 24 in Romania. Valentine’s Day, it is also the first day of spring. The couples in Romania celebrate together by going to nearby forests. In the forests, they collect beautiful flowers and make bouquets with them for their partners. Talk about love and effort!
Love Is In The Air
In Brazil, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as Dia dos Namorados. This means Lovers day. Just like the people of Estonia, they take lovers’ day quite literally. They like to celebrate this day with all their loved ones. This list includes their beloved family and, of course, friends.