Is your name Google? Because you have everything I’m searching for! Okay, enough of the cheesy pickup lines, they certainly won’t get you a Valentine this February the 14th! Why is the 14th of February such a significant day all around the world? Valentine’s Day traditionally means chocolates, flowers and most importantly, telling someone you love how special they are to you or finally confessing your love to your crush! There are several theories of how this day came about and here is one of them:
Some suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his imprisonment. Just before his death, it is believed that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” sound familiar? Although the truth behind the Valentine legends has some speculation, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly, romantic figure.
Valentine’s Day in Japan is quite different to how we celebrate it, first of all, the women present the gifts to the men! There is a strong tradition of women spoiling the men with two types of chocolate There are two types of chocolates, “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is meant to be for friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends and the Honmei-choco is given to a boyfriend, lover, or husband with true love.
The history of giving your loved one Valentine’s Day flowers comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. This custom was actually introduced by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers! But why do we wish to shower our sweetheart with chocolates and flowers? The rose is the traditional Valentine’s Day flower, as it signifies romantic love, but there are many other flowers that people send to communicate the different types of love they feel for those important people in their lives.
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