Saint Valentine’s Day, which is also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14. This remains to be debated, but the day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the middle ages. During 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart shaped outline, doves and the figure of the winged cupid. Let’s brush up on our multiculturalism and see how this day is celebrated around the world. India: Valentine’s Day is a fairly recent tradition in India. Festivals are week long and are marketed aggressively on TV and Bollywood, the Indian version of Hollywood. Japan: Interesting traditions in Japan, women purchase Hom-mei, which is a chocolate strictly for boyfriends and husbands. In return, women have to wait till the end of the month to receive their gift, which is usually white chocolate. England: Cards, chocolates and flower are not enough. Brits write sonnets and verses to each other as well. Italy: In this romantic country, flowers and chocolates are exchanged along with extravagant gifts such as perfume and diamonds. South Africa: Week long celebrations and parties in this country as well. This day, young girls celebrate a tradition called Lupercalia. This tradition requires girls to pin the name of their lover on their sleeve. Scotland: A popular tradition in Scottish culture is the search of the Valentine date. The first man or woman a person sees on the street becomes his or her Valentine. China: Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Couples visit temples and pray for happiness and future marriage. Single people pray for luck in finding love. Trusted Translations, Inc. has trained professionals that can customize all types of content for any occasion. We also have a creative writing/content management department where we can tailor your content as per your client’s needs. Contact us today for a free quote and may all your wishes come true this Valentine’s Day!