Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The day for lovers. birds, and candies: V-Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! In western society, today is the day that in modern times has come to represent the day of love or sweethearts. The day of candies and chocolates, and for those us older than 21, champagne. I am certain that many of you are planning a dinner with your sweetheart or singles awareness get-together. I would love to present a potential dinner menu or some analysis of the number of single people that run to Vegas on February 14th, but since D&E Casino Services is a multi-cultural company that truly embraces love of all forms. I want to give a brief highlight of love celebrations around the world.  

A story in pictures:

 I love the card above which was intended for the exchange of children in the 1920's. 

St. Dwynwen's Day is an alternative holiday celebrated in England on February 25th. The day commemorates the patron saint of Welsh lovers. 

 Ystävänpäivä is the finish holiday celebrated on Febraury 14th which means Friends Day. The day is spent with friends and remembering the importance of good freindship. 

In Barcelona on April 23rd, a holiday called La Diada de Sant Jordi celebrates Catalonia's patron saint who is said to have saved a princess from certain death by a dragon.Traditional April 23rd honors romantic love and chivalrousness. In contemporary times, the holiday has been conjoined with the  death anniversaries of William Shakespeare and Miguel  de Cervantes for International book day, in which men give special ladies roses and women reciprocate with a book. 

Dragobete is the Romanian celebration that is more closely linked to nature than Valentine's day. On February 24th, Romanians honor the season of love, the time when birds nest and new life arrives. Traditionally boys and girls would gather flowers, while maidens gathered snow to protect themselves fr illnesses. 

 In South Korea, Valentine's Day is a segregated holiday. Meaning on February  14th, or Red day, only women give men chocolate.. But on White day, march 14th, men give women non-chocolate candies. On April 14th, Black day, those that did not receive any gifts eat black noodles to wallow in their single life. 

Well folks! That is just a quick look at various love holidays. I hope that you have enjoyed it and will enjoy your festivities tonight.  

Your Blogger, 

-Holly-

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