Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, February is almost here which means one thing and one only, that the day where Cupid reigns and chocolates line everybody’s plates will soon be upon us. Well, I hope that everyone gets chocolates, I really do. However, this festival of love has far more ways of being celebrated than a random box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers and a card, countries from all over the world celebrate love in many different ways. And we here at Sir Holiday were so wrapped up in the romance of it all, that we thought what better way to get everyone in the spirit for Valentine’s Day than to research how other countries in the world observe a day for love. Therefore, without any further ado, let’s explore!
In South Korea, the men and women have separate days to shower their partners with love. On February the 14th women have to shower their special someone’s with flowers and chocolates, and whatever else they need to feel to special and extra loved for the day. However, the tables do turn and on March the 14th men run out and buy flowers, chocolates, gifts and then take their ladies out for a fun night on the town. All in the name of love, do you think having two days is more fun than one?
In Wales, the day of love is not on February the 14th but rather on January the 25th where the Welsh celebrate the day of Saint Dwynwen. This saint is the patron saint for all Welsh lovers out there and therefore, their day of love has nothing to with Saint Valentine in any way. On the Welsh lover’s day, those feeling the air of romance may in fact get a spoon. Why a spoon, because as far back as 1600’s men within Wales would carve wooden spoons for the ladies who had captured their hearts. The men would carve symbols into wooden spoons such as horseshoes, which would transfer good luck, or keys, which meant that she had received the keys to the man’s heart.
In China, their Valentine’s Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh month within their calendar that runs according to the movement of the phases of the moon. According to legend, a King of the heavens daughter Zhinu fell deeply in love with a cow herder named Niulang. When her father heard about the romance, he was outraged and ordered her mother, the Queen to escort her back to the heavens. However, when her father heard the cries of not only Niulang but their children, he felt sorry and allowed the two to be together for one day a year. This day is the day on the Chinese calendar when Valentine’s Day is celebrated. On this day women gather offerings of melons and other sweet fruits to place before Zhinu in order to secure a good husband for them in the near future.
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