This holiday matters to some people, and to some people doesn’t for many reasons. Do you know the traditions behind the Valentine’s Day? If not, read this blog post…
The historical roots of this Day originated in Italy.
The Romans celebrated the pagan feast of Lupercalia, pagan rituals for the fertility god Luperco on February 14 and 15. In 496A.D. Pope Gelasius I replaced the Roman feast with St. Valentine’s Day celebrating the martyr and love. [Source: www.focus.it]
How Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world?
Romantic dinners, flowers and chocolate combo. Are you sure? 🙂
Let’s start from the American continent…in United States lovers send each others sweet cards. In Spain women and men give each other heart-shape wreaths, while in Wales the couples celebrate St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers on January 25. A wooden love spoon is traditionally given as gift.
The Dutch licorice is very famous, girls usually recieve licorice hearts from their lovers. In Denmark the couples write love poems known as gaekkebrev. “It is customary for the sender of gaekkebrev to pen down a rhyme for his beloved. He is not required to put his name on it. He signs the message with dots for the lady. Now, the girl who receives the card is supposed to guess the name of the sender. If she is able to guess the right name, then she is rewarded with an Easter Egg on that very year“. [Source: www.stvalentinesday.org/valentines-day-in-denmark.html]
Happy Valentine’s Day to EVERY couple!