There it is again: the infamous Valentine’s Day. On the 14th of February, lovers around the world express their affection. But it’s clear: the customs are different depending on where you look. We’ve summarized the highlights for you.
The legend of Valentine’s Day
The romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day is based on a gruesome event. The legend tells of an Italian bishop named Valentine, who is said to have married a young couple in the third century AD in spite of a royal ban. He then handed the newlywed couple flowers from his own garden. On February 14, Valentine was executed by the emperor for his crime – at least, so says the legend.
Valentine’s Day was celebrated even in ancient Rome: in honor of the goddess Juno, women received flowers from their loved ones on this day. To this day, flowers play a significant role in the traditions of Valentine’s Day across much of the world.
Far and wide: flowers of every kind
In German-speaking countries, it’s typical for men to gift their romantic partners with a pretty bouquet. Flowers are also in high demand in Great Britain and the United States. At least as important is the accompanying Vanentine’s Day card. And the more cards the better: particularly among young people, it’s not just about quality, but also the quantity of cards received. Read More »