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Start a New Valentine's Day Tradition -- Ideas from around the world

Start a New Valentine's Day Tradition -- Ideas from around the world

February 09, 2017

Are you fretting over the impending holiday? Perhaps you've procrastinated getting your sweetheart a gift. Maybe you're still looking for that special person with whom to share your life. Valentine's Day can be stressful! Let's explore Valentine's Day around the world and gather some ideas to fill this day with love.

In Denmark, many young people celebrate Valentine's Day by sending their loved ones flowers. Instead of the red roses we associate with the holiday in the US, they exchange snowdrops, a lovely white flower. The Danes also have a lovely tradition of penning poems for their loved ones. In the tradition of gaekkebrev, a young man gives a poem to the lady he admires, and the lady has to guess the name of her secret admirer!
Snowdrops

 

Valentine's Day is a great excuse for the Italians to do what they do best: romance! The day is reserved for spending with the one you love. The fishing town of Camogli goes all out for Valentine's Day. It is traditional for townspeople to hang paper hearts marked with their loved ones' names on fishing nets draped in the harbor. Restaurants serve signature sweets and prosecco with heart shaped decorations and flowers adorning the tables. 

Camogli

 

The people of Japan celebrate Valentine's Day by showing their affection for one another. It is traditional for women to gift chocolates to men. The special chocolate called giri-choco is given to coworkers, close friends, and acquaintances. Giri means obligation in Japanese, so this gift has no romantic connotation, but it is an affectionate gesture. Honmei-choco are home made chocolates with a romantic connotation. A man looks forward to receiving honmei-choco from his sweetheart. 

Chocolates

 

South Africans love to celebrate Valentine's Day. Shops and markets decorate their windows with traditional symbols of cupids and hearts. Young ladies, and some young men, pin the name of their lovers on their sleeves. The week leading up to Valentine's Day is full of celebrations. Couples celebrate the day by going on romantic dates and taking excursions to various destinations around Cape Town and Johannesburg. 

South Africa

 

Whether you are spending this Valentine's Day with your lover or your friends, you can try some new traditions. Our sheets are a great addition to your Valentine's Day festivities. Our Let it Snow sheets will bring you  beautiful warmth amidst the snowdrops of Denmark. Snuggle into bed, stitch your lover's name on your sleeve, enjoy some chocolate, and have sweet dreams inspired by Valentine's Day around the world. 




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