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Valentine’s Day, The day to celebrate all forms of love and friendships

Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, but it has also evolved to celebrate different forms of love and affection, including friendships. Many people use this day as an opportunity to express appreciation for their friends and show them love and support.

One of the most popular stories related to the origins of Valentine’s Day dates back to 270 AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II, who banned marriage because, in his opinion, bachelors were better soldiers. 

However, Bishop Valentine decided to ignore the ruler’s wishes and continued to marry couples in secret until he was discovered and imprisoned for treason. 

He was executed on February 14, which is why we celebrate Valentine’s Day on this date every year.

Valentine’s Day around the world

China: Valentine’s Day is celebrated differently in China. The traditional Chinese equivalent is the Qixi Festival, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Couples often exchange gifts, go on dates, and express their love and affection for each other.

France: In France, Valentine’s Day is known as “La Saint-Valentin.” It is a popular day for couples to express their love for each other. People exchange gifts such as flowers, chocolates, and cards. Many couples also go out for a romantic meal together.

Germany: Valentine’s Day is becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Couples exchange greeting cards, flowers, and chocolates. It is also common for people to go out for a romantic dinner or spend quality time together.

Italy: In Italy, Valentine’s Day is known as “La Festa degli Innamorati.” It is customary for couples to exchange romantic gifts like flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. A popular tradition is to go for a romantic stroll or enjoy a special meal together.

Mexico: Valentine’s Day, known as “Día de San Valentín,” is celebrated in Mexico with great enthusiasm. People exchange flowers, chocolates, and gifts with their partners or crushes. Many also serenade their loved ones with songs or plan romantic outings or dinners.

Russia: In Russia, Valentine’s Day is a relatively new celebration. Similar to other countries, people exchange cards, flowers, and gifts on this day. However, it is not as widely celebrated as other holidays, and some Russians prefer to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th as a day to honor women and express love.

Why do people give roses on Valentine’s Day? 

Undoubtedly, red roses lead flower sales on Valentine’s Day, but do you know why? 

The red rose was the favorite of Venus, the goddess of love in Roman mythology. 

In addition, red is considered to be the color of love and is related to strong feelings and loving emotions.

Boxes of chocolates and candies

Richard Cadbury (1835–1899) was largely responsible for the popularization of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. 

Decorative boxes for holding mementos were quite common in Victorian England, and even today there are still some examples of these vintage boxes, many of which are considered family heirlooms.  They can be quite valuable to collectors.

Letters to Juliet 

Not only in the movie, but also in real life, Juliet receives letters. 

It is estimated that on Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy, Juliet’s home, receives more than a thousand letters and cards addressed to William Shakespeare’s creation, asking her for love advice.


By Andreina Ibarra.

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