5 Valentine's Day traditions around the globe
It’s amazing how different cultures of the world express that one similar thing we call Love. Indeed, there are so many different ways of conceiving love in the world that it’s obvious there will be hundreds of expressions of it depending on the culture. And of course, it is also true for Valentine’s Day. We made a list of 5 funny ways to express love on this very special day around the world.
1. Zulu Love Letter In South Africa
2. Anonymous poems in Denmark
On Valentine’s Day in Denmark, people send short poems on elaborately cut paper known as gaekkebrev. The sender signs the message with dots instead of a name (the number of dots equals the number of letters in the sender’s name), and if the recipient finds out the name, he or she receives an egg at Easter later in the year.
3. Chocolates Gifts In Japan
In Japan, Valentine’s Day goes also with White Day (one month later). On Feb. 14, women traditionally give homemade chocolates to various men, but only one special man receives the honmei-choco. Exactly one month later, on White Day, the chosen man will return the favor with his own chocolate gift.
El Día del Amor y Amistad In Mexico
In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love for a community. El Día del Amor y Amistad comes on Feb. 14, and Mexicans make it an inclusive holiday. While men usually buy balloons and candies for the women, these latter bake for their friends and neighbours. “Te amo!” is for the lover and “Te quiero!” for friends.
5. St. Dwynwen’s Day In Wales
Even with all these interesting traditions around, Valentine’s Day is of course what you choose to make with it!
At U2Guide, we believe that Valentine’s Day is much more than just offering chocolates and material gifts. It is an opportunity to show and spread love. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of The Five Love Languages series, there are 5 languages of love: physical contact, comforting words, quality time, offering gifts and services. So, spend time with your half, whether it’s by offering them an experience with our gift card, or just by spending a quiet evening in the apartment!