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7 loving Valentine’s traditions around the world

Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Since 496, February 14 is declared as the day of Saint Valentine. Do you already know who will be your Valentine this year? Some of its traditions are known all over the world, but others aren’t. We’re going to highlight seven Valentine traditions from around the world. Maybe you can surprise your love with the ‘gaekkebrev’!

Italy
Valentine's must be romantic in the country of Romeo and Juliet, right? Well, it definitely is. Especially in the city of Terni in Umbria, Valentine’s Day is a big deal. Hundreds of couples who will be saying "I do" the coming year, come together and celebrate love. Another tradition is to give your lover a ‘baci perugina’, a box filled with hazelnut chocolates. Who can say no to that?

Japan and South Korea
On February 14 the ladies present guys with the gift of chocolate. A month later, on March 14, the tables are turned! Funny detail: women expect men to give them a gift two or three times more expensive than the chocolates they gave.

Denmark
Since the early 90's the Danish started to celebrate Valentine with an original touch. On this day, it’s tradition to give your loved one white snowdrop flowers. That’s definitely something different than red roses! Another option is to send him or her a ‘gaekkebrev’, a letter with a funny poem written on it. But not just a letter on simple paper, no! The paper is intricately cut and signed with anonymous dots.....

Brazil
Valentine’s Day is quite a spectacle in musical and festive Brazil. On June 12, they celebrate love with a lot of gifts, such as flowers, chocolates and perfumes. Next to that, every club or restaurant arranges a party with a special theme. And there’s more! On June 13, it’s time to celebrate the day of St. Anthony, who is regarded as the saint of marriage. Love everywhere!

Wales
On January 25, it’s time for the annual day of love in Wales, called Saint Dwynwen. Since the 17th century, men give a carved wooden spoon to women on this day. The spoons are decorated with symbols such as horseshoes, wheels and keys. The symbols stand for luck, support and love.

Spain
Sant Jordi is celebrated all over Catalonia on April 23 and coincides with the Day of the Rose and the Day of the Books. The Day of the Rose stems from George (Jordi) and the Dragon. According to the legend, a rose grew on the spot where the dragon’s blood was spilled, a rose George gave to the princess. The Day of the Books is in remembrance of writers Shakespeare and Cervantes. So, you might guess the traditions that take place: loved ones give each other roses or books! "A rose for love and a book forever".

Ghana
Although many Valentine traditions in Ghana are similar to the ones in other countries, February 14 also celebrates the National Day of Chocolate. It’s as good as it sounds! Museums have special chocolate exhibitions and restaurants offer special chocolate menus.

It doesn’t matter on which day you celebrate love, as long as you share this day with everyone you love. Whether your are in a relationship or happy single, let your significant other, family and friends know how much you care about them. Spread the love and put a smile on their faces!

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