Happy Valentine’s Day! May you always surrounded by people you love and who love you.
How do you usually celebrate Valentine’s Day? By sending greeting cards? Or giving a chocolate? Having a romantic dinner with your date? Those are common ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in almost every country around the world, but there are some countries which still celebrate it with their tradition. Tonight I will share the way people traditionally celebrate the Valentine’s Day in their country.
The history said that once The Emperor of Roman, Claudius, was against the engagement and marriage in his kingdom. Then one day a priest named Valentine came and secretly helped the couple in the kingdom to marry. When the Emperor knew this, St. Valentine was tortured and prisoned until he died on 14th February 270. Valentine’s Day is originally the day of St. Valentine’s death celebration to honor him. It is also related to Pagan Festival in the era which to honor the goddess Februata Juno. According to the tradition there are tokens, which represent the name of young girls, will be placed in the love urn. The boys then draw the token and paired off the girl whose name written in the token he got.
The idea of the celebration then brought to United Kingdom. As time goes by, people change it by sending cards, flowers, and gifts to their loved ones. Traditionally the cards is sent anonymously to the one they secretly love.
We can find the similar tradition in Denmark and Norway. The boys will write a poem or love letter and send it to the girl he’s attracted to anonymously. The girl should guess whom the sender by the clue in the letter and if she guess it right, she will get an Easter Egg on Easter Day.
The Valentine’s Day tradition which similar to Pagan Festival can be found in South Africa. The women will pin the token, where their crush’s name written, on their sleeve. Another tradition is occur in Wales. Wales men will carve a symbolic ornament in a wood spoon, then give it to the woman he wants to marry.
In Japan and Korea, traditionally women give the chocolate to the man as the sign of affection or love. And then the next month, on the same date, the man will give the women chocolate in return. Special in Japan, there are two types of Chocolate. Giri-choco (obligation chocolate) which is given to friends, work collegues, etc as long as romance is not involved; and Honmei-choco which will be given to the lover, husband, or boyfriend.