(One of the earliest Valentine's Day cards, 1910)
Many people across the world look at this holiday not only as a day to declare love for their partners, but also a day to express appreciation and respect for teachers, friends, parents, siblings or any other person who is dear to them. There are even people who organize celebrations for their pets who co-inhibit space with a partner on their own.
(Valentine's Day parade in Minsk, Belarussia)
This year, for example, more than 50 percent of young Russians are going to celebrate the Valentine’s Day. According to Vector Market Research, 23 percent of couples are going to go to a restaurant, 11 percent – to a club and 10 percent – to friends’ house. It might be odd to celebrate the Valentine’s Day at one’s friends house, but this is a common custom in Russia to share some special occasions with friends, be it the Valentine’s Day or The Woman’s Day (8th of March.)
(Russian lovers in Moscow)
Valentine’s Day traditions in Japan
Valentine’s Day traditions in Austria
In addition to flowers and gifts in the shape of love symbols, it is also customary to present wives and husbands with decorative certificates of baptism and marriage as gifts, accompanied by verses and romantic messages of other kind.
(Danish lover's card, gaekkebrev)
This is how gaekkebrev is done: it’s a piece of paper with holes in and you send it to your friends, and they try to guess who you are. You write your name like this: ………. If your friend guess who you are you owe him an Easter egg. But if your friend can’t guess who you are, your friend owe you a Easter egg.
To learn more about Danish Easter traditions, click here.
Valentine’s Day traditions in France
Valentine’s Day traditions in Italy
Over the years, this custom died out and has been replaced by a general celebration with flowers and chocolates. However, there are still couples that follow old traditions and customs, one of which is for a betrothed couple to announce their engagement on the Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day traditions in Scotland
(99 "forever" roses, Taiwan)