• Namira Syed

Different Names of Valentine's Day in different cultures around the Globe.

Valentine’s day is all about love, love, and more love. On this day some express their feelings to their loved ones whereas some feel affectionate for those they lost. Needless to say this celebration is for everyone despite the religion and traditional customs, this is the day where people confess and marry each other, binding their love for years to come.

Valentine's Day is also called Saint Valentine’s day. The reason behind this is still unknown. The story begins in the third century CE. It is important to honor the feast day of Saint Valentine, the celebration of love and affection.

Originated in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, this celebration always fills everyone’s hearts with love and desire.

Stores filled with red balloons and gifts for their partners. Bulgaria celebrates with a glass of local wine; couples exchange intricately handcrafted wooden spoons in Wales, in Romanian couples go into the forest to pick flowers and wash their faces in the snow as a sign of good luck.

Whatever the tradition one follows, it is always aimed at showing their admiration, charm, and warmth of love for their partner.

France: The epicenter of romance

Valentine’s day card is originated from this region. Charles, the Duke of Orleans, LA, used to send love letters to his wife during imprisonment from jail in 1415. from the French village was called Valentine, which turned into an epicenter of romance.

The French people celebrate this occasion between February 12th and February 14th. Yards, trees, and homes are decorated with plenty of rose flowers, love cards, and many mesmerizing items.

Couples tie knots on this day. According to the recent reports, 71% of the population celebrates this day. The most popular activity on this day in Paris is watching and sightseeing on a cruise in river seine is admirable for lovers.

Wales: Day of San Dwynwen

Wales celebrates their Valentine’s day on Jan 25th where lovers’ exchange unique and beautifully crafted wooden spoons. A traditional practice of this festival that has been a part of their culture since the 16th century.

Those who don’t receive any gifts on February 14 or March 14 will often gather on a black day to eat jjajangmyeon noodles with black bean sauce. Another one of their traditional practises. Just like Saint Valentine, Wales have their own saint of love, and her name is saint Dwynwen.

Japan: Exchange of romance

On February 14th women purchase gifts and chocolates for their male partners as a sign of love. Additionally, the tradition dictates that men can’t return gifts until March 14th, which is called White Day.

There is another ritual abide by the Japanese people, women give two varieties of chocolate to men which each indicate a different significance. The two chocolate are called Giri and Homnei. When a girl gives it, it entirely changes the view of the relation. Giri chocolate is given to family and friends, whereas Honmei chocolate is given to their beloved interested person.

Women give chocolate and carry flowers, jewelry, or other gifts like these to showcase their liking.

Slovenia: Show your affection

St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring season. On this day the plants start to grow in the fields, which marks the day of a new beginning of the new year.

They believe that even the birds propose to each other on the day of Valentine. March 12th annually denotes Slovenia’s day of romance.

The language may be different, but the communication of love is always the same. The days may be different, but the greater meaning remains. There is no greater force than love and care.

#travel #explore #valentinesday #valentinecelebrations #valentines #celebrations #global #loveaffairs #condenast #natgeo #natgeoindia

Recent Posts

See All
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Instagram