Valentines Day


Published On: 11-11-2011 01:35pm

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I was curious how modern day Valentine's Day started so I did a little research and here is what I found out.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by manyimage people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.


Each county has there own traditions regarding Valentines Day.  Here are a few.


Europe:

imageValentine's Day has regional traditions in the UK. In Norfolk, a character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children. Although he was leaving treats, many children were scared of this mystical person. In Wales, many people celebrate on January 25 instead of or as well as St Valentine's Day. The day commemorates St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers.  In Portugal it's more commonly referred to as "Dia dos Namorados" (Boy/Girlfriend's Day).  In Sweden it is called "All Hearts' Day" and was launched in the 1960s by the flower industry's commercial interests, and due to the influence of American culture. In Finland Valentine's Day is called "Friend's day". As the name indicates, this day is more about remembering all your friends, not only your loved ones. In Slovenia, a proverb says that "St Valentine brings the keys of roots," so on February 14, plants and flowers start to grow. Valentine's Day is called "Sweethearts' Day" in Turkey.

Central and South America:

In Guatemala and in El Salvador, Valentine's Day is known as Day of Love and Friendship. Although it is similar to the United States' version in many ways, it is also common to see people do "acts of appreciation" for their friends.  In most of South America the "Love and Friendship Day" and the "Secret friend" are quite popular and usually celebrated together on the 14 of February.
 
Asia:

Thanks to a concentrated marketing effort, Valentine's Day is celebrated in some Asian countriesimage with Singaporeans, Chinese and South Koreans spending the most money on Valentine's gifts.

In Japan and South Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14, and men give non-chocolate candy to women on March 14 (White Day). In the Philippines, Valentine's Day is called "Hearts Day". It is usually marked by a steep increase in the prices of flowers.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Shannon


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