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St. Valentines Day

posted by Carla on Monday, 13 February 2017

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Time: Where have you gone?

Not so long ago I was writing about Christmas and the January blues now St. Valentines day is just around the corner. Also known as the day of romance St. Valentines Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century. It was Pope Gelasius who named the Pagan festival as a Christian feast day and declaring 14th February to be St.Valentines day.

History of St. Valentine

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer. This was in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. St. Valentines Day is recognised as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world. It is said that The Valentines day card was originated in France. Allegedly, after Charles Duke of Orleans sent his Wife love letters whilst imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415.

The Exchange of Heart Warming gifts on St. Valentines Day

So in most countries we exchange gifts with our loved ones ,sometimes even send a secret card to the person we admire or have a secret crush on, its usually a card,chocolates,teddy bear, Flowers or a single rose these are the usually Valentines gifts we receive or give out, maybe if your extremely lucky you may even have a proposal from your partner maybe a diamond.

South Korea

There are many countries which celebrate Valentines day. Such countries include France, China and Finland. However, many countries celebrate it differently. The young women of South Korea who pin the name of their crush to their sleeve for all to see.


In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

And In Wales

The Welsh celebrate love on January the 25th and they intricately carve wooden spoons, known as love-spoons which are exchanged between lovers, this dates back from the 16th century, Argentina, Argentine’s celebrates valentines day they also set a side a week in July to celebrate “Sweetness week”on both occasions kisses and sweet treats are exchanged. In Brazil single woman preform rituals in hope that they will be next to find a partner and marry.

In Japan

it is usually the females role to buy and give gifts to the men in their lives however it is not the same for all males – it is done according to category. The first category is called “giri-choko”, which is literally translated as “obligatory chocolate” and gifted to men whom the woman has no romantic interest like colleagues or relatives. The second category is “cho-giri choko”, which is a “step-down” from the first category. The third category is the most special among the categories as it is reserved for the woman’s significant other tagged as “honmei-choko” literally translated as “favorite chocolate”, some women even go as far to let their loved ones feel on top of the moon � by giving homemade chocolates!

And St. Valentines Day in Iraq

The Iraqi Kurd’s believe in the festivity of love and thought that gifting and decorating of apples and cloves will bring forth prosperity and love in their lives however not everybody in Iraq follows these traditions.

Meanwhile, St. Valentines Day in Estonia and Finland

February 14th may be the most popular day in these countries to tie the knot or to get engaged, but traditionally, this is a day for friendship! Ystvn Piv is the term for this day, which translates to “Friend’s Day” close friends exchange gifts and greeting cards similar to how we exchange them with our lovers, so if you live in any of these countries do not be surprised to receive a memento on this day from friends but don’t expect anything in the shade of red or heart-shaped.

And my thoughts on St. Valentines Day

For me, Love is NOT the highly commercialised circus we see on Valentines Day. It is much deeper and much more profound than sending someone a dozen roses at hugely inflated prices. It is much more than candle lit dinners and fancy chocolates. And personally, I think, why limit yourself to having some fun for just one day of the year? St. Valentines Day fact: An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are now sent worldwide, making it the second most card-heavy celebration after Christmas.

An Alternative to St. Valentines Day

Believe it or not it is possible to be happy even if you are single. Ignore all the media hype at this time of the year and simply go and have a ball!