[All excerpts courtesy of stvalentinesday.org]
In some provinces of China, people decorate the ox's horn by flowers on the Chinese Valentine Day in a belief that the ritual will save them from catastrophe. Following the age old tradition women also wash their hair to make them look fresh and shiny. Children wash their face the next morning using the overnight water for a more natural and beautiful look."
IN DENMARK, "Valentine's Day is celebrated in a very conventional way. Some sweet and romantic traditional activities are associated with the festival's celebration. Youngsters take proper care to follow the traditions to have a successful and romance filled love life. The three most popular traditions of Valentine's Day are:
People celebrate the custom of White Flower with immense love and care. As per the tradition, people send white flowers called 'snowdrops' to their friends and lovers.
Tradition of Gaekkebrev
Young couples also write special love poems, beautiful romantic love notes and some funny poems known as 'gaekkebrev'. It is customary for the sender of gaekkebrev to pen down a rhyme for his beloved. He is not required to put his name on it. He signs the message with dots for the lady. Now, the girl who receives the card is supposed to guess the name of the sender. If she is able to guess the right name, then she is rewarded with an 'Easter Egg' on that very year.
Various games are played in Scottish Valentine parties. In a most popular game, an equal number of men and women are made to write their names on a piece of paper which is then folded and placed into a hat. One hat is for ladies and the other one is for men. The female then draws one name from the men's hat and the chosen man has to stick with his Valentine throughout the party. Later on, gifts are exchanged and Valentine's Day is greeted with hugs and kisses. Such wonderful Valentine games often result in unusual marriages."
As for me, we are planning on having a nice seafood dinner home. We have long ago abandoned the idea of dining out at a restaurant. Maybe we've been married too long to act like new lovers mooning over each other across a table in public. We love our home and the privacy and comfort of our own castle has a lot of appeal for not just Valentine's Day, but for the many other romantic dinners that occur throughout the year.
I love romance and the idea of romance, but that doesn't necessarily mean I need flowers and chocolates. We still have a pantry full of the sweet stuff left over from Christmas.
My suggestion for today is hug and kiss your loved ones, give a hug and a kind word to your friends, coworkers and neighbours. This isn't a blog about anything vintage, but the idea of love is timeless and eternal, don't you think?
Celebrate Valentine's Day your own special way...