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lycklig Alla hjärtans dag, Hyvää ystävänpäivää, Alles Gute zum Valentins Tag, Valentines dydd yn hapus, Kekasih hari gembira, Joyeux Saint-Valentin, Masayang Araw ng mga Puso or Feliz Dia De San Valentin. These are words with the same meaning, but spoken in different languages — Happy Valentine’s Day!
A tradition that mostly celebrated every 14th of February, Valentine’s Day is as special as anniversary for married couples or in a relationship. Lovers tend to be aggressive and overly romantic during this day. It’s likely that you would bump into many couples along your way and if you are single, you’ll be dying in envy. For many, this is the only day where they can explicitly express their love to their crush or partner. In some countries, you won’t be surprise if hotels and restaurants are fully-booked. That is, you know what comes next after the date, right? However, there are also couples who aren’t as enthusiastic and aggressive. There are anti-social couples out there who don’t bombarded their newsfeed with their romantic getaways and cheesy Valentine ideas.
How Countries Differs in Valentine Celebration
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Japan has one of the most peculiar Valentine celebration. It maybe known to some, but in case you haven’t known, every Valentine’s Day, it’s the woman that gives chocolates or sweets to the guy. Sounds interesting? Well, while most of the countries’ tradition portrayed men as the shining armor, the gentlemen and romantic that give gifts to women, Japan however, gave chances to women to show their creativity and artistry in chocolate making and wrapping by showing their affection to their guy crush, guys they admired or boyfriends (Honmei-choco). However, if you are the type of a Japanese woman who doesn’t know how to bake, the only thing you can do is buy a ready-made chocolates at the candy shops which you can give to your male office mates or guy friends (Giri-choco).
While most Filipinos tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day similar to Americans — with all the flowers, chocolates, eating at the restaurants and booking for hotel suites, one thing that stands out in Philippine Valentine tradition is the Valentine event of the year. It maybe a party like the sponsored event Loovapalooza, where couples kiss their partners simultaneously or a government sponsored event such as the grand mass wedding, where hundreds or thousands of couples come together for a matrimony.
While most of us is celebrating Valentine’s Day specifically only during February 14th, This passionate nation managed to add a bit of spice to their tradition. Other than the one day Valentine celebration, they have this whole week which they called as the “Sweetness Week” sometime in July where kisses are exchanged for some sweet treats. Isn’t that sweeter?
South Africa followed the history of Valentine’s Day. Lupercalia, where it was celebrated as an ominous ritual for many centuries happened to coincide with the Valentine’s Day. Thus, this ominous ritual consists of “sacrifice or act of sacrifice” became part of the Valentine’s Day. While it’s still debatable and unclear for historians whether it has something to do with the Valentine’s Day or if there is a relationship between the two, Lupercalia festival is known as its earliest festival ancestor. The early festival was intended to enable fertility, and is also associated to matchmaking lottery, thus, why the correlation hypothetically existed.
Valentine’s Day was widely associated to St. Valentine, a Roman saint in the third century that was commemorated in February 14. He is the patron saint of epilepsy and his Saint’s day was traditionally associated to courtly love. Thus, where the celebration name originated. Today, we are celebrating this romantic occasion all over the world. What’s the best way to celebrate it is to give presents like chocolates and flowers to your loved ones.
However, as there were spikes of creativity among different individuals, there are other extraordinary gifts you can give to your partner or spouse without following the norm. These alternatives can add additional affection, or sweetness factor to the relationship.
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5 Perfect Valentine Gifts
Most women like to have their own scent. Scent that will be remembered by their partner or separate them from the other girls. With variants similar to the sweet smell of a chocolate, a velvety vanilla or as fragrant as the flowers, it will surely attract leaving a lasting impression.
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Every women’s dream and men’s nightmare (pun intended). Shopping has been correlated to women and men shouldn’t dare to contradict. Whether it’s a piece of a jewelry, a trendy dress, branded shoes and bags, you name it. It’s every women’s’ must-haves. Give your girlfriends or wives a lot of lovin’ by giving them your credit card or some cash and you already survived the Valentine’s Day horror.
BOOK OR JOURNAL
Books are great presents especially when the recipient loves to read. These are turn-on for your bookworm partners whether your partner is into business books or fictional characters. Women tend to use journals than men, they are more organized when it comes to schedules and timely tasks than men.
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No more dinner dates at the restaurants or one nights in hotels. Traveling together is beneficial for both of you. Will it be better to relax and escape the busy city life with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a local or flights international, being together while traveling will stregthen the relationship.
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Health is the most underrated concern of most couples. It’s always the best to look your best and be at your best state. That way, both of you will become more confident with each other and live longer without being stressed out because of your relationship. Why not give your partner a new fitness machine, a supplement, a massage or enroll together for a new diet plan?
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Valentine’s Day celebration doesn’t have to look grand and spend a lot of money. Your love isn’t defined by how much money you spent or how much is the present worth. Sometimes, couples doesn’t always need material things. And these non-materials things are priceless.
What did you give your partner this Valentine’s Day? Share us in the comments below.