Few more days to go and it’s February. And on the fourteenth of the month, the world celebrates St. Valentine’s Day. But how do St. Valentine gives significance to mankind? Well, we all know the answer to this. This crazy thing we call love.
Maybe you are wondering why I begin to blabber about love, it’s not that I am romantically in love and involved now (because I am seriously not), but rather I decided to elaborate on this matter because I am fascinated with how the world actually celebrates Valentine’s Day in different ways.
It has already become a trademark during Valentine’s Day that we give flowers and chocolates to our loved ones – may it be our parents, our friends or our romantic partners. But do you know that flower-giving during this special day, more particularly rose-giving in some parts of the USA , may actually take a lot of interpretations? Americans say, the color of the roses tells you the kind of message they want to impart to the person they are handing the flowers. So that if you hand in white roses, it means you are truly in love with that person, red roses for passion, yellow roses are for friendship, and black roses, if it means goodbye.
But let us not be saddened with that tradition, after all we’re not all Americans, right? Let’s consider another country. Japan . The Japanese celebrate St. Valentine’s Day in a rather unique fashion. Women, take note, women give chocolates to men during this day. It has been their tradition that every February 14, women do something for their loved ones and in return, men are actually obligatory to give something to their women on the fourteenth of the next month, so that every March 14 is a celebration known as White Day because all men give chocolates to their partners, and these chocolates are actually wrapped in white boxes, that’s why it’s White Day.
Moreover, in Scotland , the singletons who are looking for partners can actually participate in their festival known as the Teh Festival. These single and unmarried men and ladies will have to write their names on a sheet of paper and drop it on the box they provide. The men will have to pick one rolled-paper on the box and whoever gets who, well, they can be partners for life.
See, people have various ways on celebrating this occasion. In other words, there are millions of ways on how to shape up or ship out of your relationship. It actually depends on how you deal with it. Traditions, personal perspectives, it doesn’t matter. That’s the very irony of love.