Gifts, romantic dinners, quotes and a heart-filled atmosphere – these are the typical elements of Valentine’s Day in Italy.
It is a holiday that, as was mentioned in an earlier post, has ancient roots in the celebration of couples in love, at least in Italy.
But how is Valentine’s Day celebrated in other countries?
In Germany, as in Italy, February 14 is a day for couples who are in love.
In addition to affection, people exchange a variety of presents, including cards, gifts of all price ranges and flowers.
In Brazil, on the other hand, the celebration for sweethearts is on June 12, the day before the Feast of St. Anthony, the protector of marriages. The tradition calls for single women to carry a small statue of the saint who encourages bonds of matrimony.
In America, February 14 is for celebrating all types of love – in addition to couples in love, families and bonds of friendship are celebrated by exchanging sweets, cards and gifts.
In Japan, women break the usual pattern – they are the ones who give chocolates to the men in their lives, whether life companions or friends. But there’s more – whoever received the gift on February 14 must reciprocate with white chocolate exactly one month later, on “White Day”.
There are also countries that remain indifferent, snubbing St. Valentine. Russia, a few of the former Soviet states and Orthodox countries do not celebrate sweethearts.