February 14 is a day considered in many countries as the festival of lovers! During your motorhome or van trips, you have probably observed different traditions on Valentine’s Day.
It is not always celebrated on the same date or in the same way because of local traditions or the religion of the country. But it always honours love, friendship and brotherhood…
How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in the world?
Valentine’s Day in Europe
In Finland 🇫🇮
Every year Finland organise the « Wife Berry ».
It’s an obstacle race in which the husband carries his wife. The one who finishes the race the quickest sees himself gaining the weight of his wife in beer… Would you like to take a little detour to the Nordic countries during your motorhome or van trips?
In Italy 🇮🇹
On Valentine’s Day, Italians often offer traditional chocolates wrapped in a little message of love. They are called the “Bacio Perugina”.
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In Scotland 🏴
In Scotland, a tradition explains that the first person of the opposite sex randomly crossed on his way can become his/her Valentine/ne for the rest of day. Nothing is mandatory, but it is possible to invite her to dinner or to give her a small gift.
In Wales 🏴
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on January 25 in Wales. There is a strange tradition of “Love spoon”. Indeed, couples offer themselves wooden spoons where are engraved hearts symbolizing their love. Original, right?
In Spain 🇪🇸
The love party takes place on 23 April in Catalonia. Tradition means that men give roses to their lovers, and in return, women give books to their fiancés. A rather literary tradition, isn’t it?
Valentine’s Day in the rest of the world
In Japan 🇯🇵
On Valentine’s Day, it is not men who offer gifts! This pleasure is exclusively reserved for ladies on February 14. They must give a gift to their love and often offer chocolates. However, men do not claim it so easily, a month later on White Day, they have to give a white gift to the women who gave them chocolates a month earlier!
In Russia 🇷🇺
Valentine’s Day is popular in Russia. It is very common to offer small kitch objects! However, if you really want to seduce a Russian woman, opt instead for July 8, which is the day of love and fidelity.
In United States 🇺🇸
Valentine’s Day is also very successful in the U.S. It is a symbol of affection in general, friendship, and community.
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The festival of lovers is celebrated on June 12 in Brazil. Called Dia dos Namorados, it is the occasion to celebrate: between carnivals and colorful parades, love is frolicking in the streets!
In South Africa 🇿🇦
In South Africa it’s the big mood! Diners, balloons and long nights in nightclub are on the program for lovers!
And you, have you ever celebrated Valentine’s Day in one of these countries by motorhome or van?
Want to travel in love and discover beautiful destinations for Valentine’s Day? Read our article on « The seven wonders of the world by motorhome or van ».