It seems that every time a holiday comes around, I’m the lucky guy who gets to write about it. Thanksgiving, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day. Okay, that’s only three, but I still love holidays! One of my favorite things to do while celebrating any holiday is to find out how people in different countries the world over celebrate that day. For instance, did you know that it’s become a recent fad in France to hang a doll of Père Noël from a window?
According to India Today, Valentine’s Day as we know it today in the USA – giving flowers cards, and sweets – was largely celebrated by the 15th century thanks to Chaucer. But not everyone celebrates the day of love in exactly the way we do:
In Finland, they celebrate Ystavanpaiva. This apparently means “Friend’s Day.” I’m sure all of my single would much prefer celebrating this day (am I right?).
In Lithuania and Latvia, people decorate each other with stickers. That’s certainly a more personal touch than simply sending flowers.
In Romania, the day is known as Dragobete and is celebrated ten days later, on February 24. Go look it up; it seems like a really fun celebration.
Happy (late) Valentine’s Day!