Valentine’s Day: Flowers, Chocolate or a Delicious Whipped?

Valentine's Day: Flowers, Chocolate or a Delicious Whipped?

Valentine’s Day: Flowers, Chocolate or a Delicious Whipped?


St. Valentine’s Day may now be celebrated around the world, but the traditions are often very different – and sometimes have nothing to do with romance.

In Europe, it’s all about sweethearts, in America it’s also about schoolchildren celebrating friendship, and in Japan women give chocolate to their bosses.

From pagan holidays to marketing strategies, here’s a look at the rich Valentine’s Day mix:

– All set off –

Valentine’s Day used to be a rather violent event. Its origins are thought to date back to the Faun in Rome, when naked young men whipped young ladies to make them more fertile.

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Over the centuries, these lotteries evolved into slightly less raucous ones, pairing young men with young women at medieval carnivals.

– Martyr in Heart –

Of course, the day is also associated with the cult of Saint Valentine, a third-century Roman Christian martyr.

He really lost his way in love – Emperor Claudius is said to have ordered his beheading for his secret wedding.

According to legend, Valentine healed the jailer’s blind daughter, leaving her a note that read “Your Valentine” the day before he died.

Unfortunately, there is no happy ending.

– love letter –

In England, with the rise of the postal service in the 19th century, the February 14th message exchange was called “lover,” and the sender often signed “your lover.”

– Love Spoon –

They do it differently on the Welsh border. Their Love Day was held on January 25, celebrating the fourth century Princess of Wales, St. Devin.

Unhappy in love, a heartbroken Devin seeks solace in religion, becoming a nun and praying for others to find true love.

Among the gifts traditionally exchanged between lovers and potential ones are carved Welsh wooden love spoons.

– My dear Galentin –

Celebrations took a commercial turn in mid-19th century America with the invention of mass-produced greeting cards.

Promoters soon had the idea to extend the “tradition” beyond lovers, and schoolchildren are now expected to bring a Valentine’s Day card to each of their classmates.

Today, it’s a $20 billion business and even spawned Galentines Day, where “girls” go out for waffles.

– hot chocolate –

Japan’s Valentine’s Day tradition began after World War II, when candy makers came up with the idea of โ€‹โ€‹letting women present chocolates to their bosses and boyfriends on February 14.

Half a century later, the practice has become an annual ritual, with millions of Japanese women gifting pralines or ganache to show love, friendship or professional respect.

But not just any chocolate will do. For example, “giri choco” is a standard chocolate reserved for work colleagues, while premium “honmei choco” is a sign of true love.

– private –

However, Valentine’s Day is less popular in some parts of the world, and some Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, have a less optimistic view of Valentine’s Day.

While the day is popular in Iran, people must be humble enough to express their feelings. For example, traditionalists discourage the sale of heart-shaped balloons.

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