Love is in the air this week as the world comes together to celebrate Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day. Whether it is exchanging gifts and roses or hugs and kisses, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion where young and old can come together and share joy. This week, we thought it would be nice to see how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in different parts of the world.
The accepted norm in some parts of the world is that an exchange of gifts or cards occurs between partners. However, in Japan, a different tradition seems to have emerged. Unlike western countries, gifts such as greeting cards, candies, flowers, or dinner dates are uncommon. Instead, females usually gift chocolates to those they hold dear. During Valentines season, it is reported that Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time of the year – that’s a lot of Chocolate!
In Chinese, Valentine’s Day is called lovers’ festival (simplified Chinese: 情人节; Mandarin: Qīng Rén Jié). The “Chinese Valentine’s Day” is the Qixi Festival, celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It commemorates a day on which a legendary cow herder and weaving maid are allowed to be together.
Denmark and Norway:
In Denmark and Norway, Valentine’s Day (or Valentinsdag) has its own unique twist. Men usually send funny little poems or rhyming love notes to women anonymously on Valentine’s Day, giving them only a clue as to the number of letters in the senders name, represented by a dot for each letter. The recipient must then guess who sent her the card. If she guesses correctly she wins an Easter Egg on Easter later that year and if she’s stumped as to who her secret admirer was, she owes him an egg instead which is collected on Easter.
The team here at Zapya hopes that everyone had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day with friends and loved ones.