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The similar to Saint Valentine's Day but Feb. 14 Valentine's Day is not its origins are completely different. celebrated at all, mainly for cultural Latin America: The Dia del Amor y and commercial reasons, since it la Amistad (Day of Love and Friend- usually falls too little before or ship) and the Amigo Secreto ("Se- after Carnival. cret Friend") are quite popular and China: Men commonly give Valen- usually celebrated together Feb. 14 tine's Day chocolate, flowers or (one exception is Colombia, where both to the woman they love. An it is celebrated every third Saturday older observance is Called "The of September). It is common to see Night of Sevens." According to people perform "acts of apprecia- legend, the Cowherd star and the tion°' for their friends. "Secret Weaver Maid star are normally Friend" consists of randomly assign- separated by the milky way (silvery ing to each participant a recipient river) but are allowed to who is to be given an meet by crossing it on anonymous gift (similar the seventh day of to the Christmas tradi- the seventh month tion of Secret Santa). of the Chinese cal- Lithuania and Latvia: It endar. Thus, this d~ is common for people is also celebrated as to put stickers on the a day for lovers, faces and clothing of Denmark and Norway: friends or relatives on Valentine's Day is Valentine's Day. The holiday known as Valentinsdag. It was first celebrated after the is not celebrated to a large two countries gained indepen- extent but some people take time dence from the Soviet Union in to eat a romantic dinner with their 1990. partner, send a card to a secret love Malaysia: Islamic officials have or give a red rose, warned Muslims against celebrat- Egypt: Egyptians celebrate Valen- - ing Valentine's Day, linking it tine's Day Feb. 14, and the indige- with vice activities. Deputy Prime nous Eid el-Hob eI-Masri (Egyptian Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the Love Day) Nov. 4, by buying gifts celebration of romantic love was and flowers for their lovers. "not suitable" for Muslims. Finland and Estonia: Valentine's Day Norfolk, UK: A character.called Jack is called "Friend's Day," about re- Valentine knockco~the rear door membering all your friends, no~c Oh- of houses, leaving~N~ets and ly your loved ones. presents for children. Though his France: Valentine's Day is known mission seems benign, this is often simply as "Saint Valentin." a mysterious and scary figure for Greece and Cyprus: Saint Valentine's children. Day is celebrated, though a differ- Pakistan: The Jamaat-e-lslami politi- ent Orthodox saint protects those cal party has called for the banning in love. of the holiday. Despite this, the cel- Guatemala: The hc~liday is known as ebration is increasingly popular and the "Dia del Carifio" (Affection Day). florists expect to sell great amounts India: An ancient tradition involved of flowers especially red roses. adoring Kamadeva, the lord of Philippines: Valentine's Day is called love, exemplified by the erotic carv- "Araw ng toga Puso" or "Hearts ings in the Khajuraho group of Day:" It is usually marked by a steep monuments and by the writing of increase in the prices of flowers. tl~e Kama Sutr#. This tradition was Portugal: The holiday is commonly lost around the Middle Ages, when referred to as "Dia dos Namora- Kamadeva was no longer celebrat- dos," Lover's Day. ed and public displays of affection Romania: The traditional holiday were frowned upon. Around 1992 for lovers is Dragobete, which is cel- Valentine's Day started catching on ebrated Feb. 24. It is named after a in India, with special TV and radio character from Romanian folklore. programs and even 0ve etter com- When Romania also started cele- petitions. Economic liberalization brating Valentine's Day, there was also helped the valentine card in- backlash from several groups, insti- dustry. Nevertheless, Hindu and Is- tutions and nationalist organiza- lamic traditionalists consider the tions that condemn Valentine's Day holiday to be cultural contamina- for being superficial, commercialist tion from the West. and imported Western kitsch. Iran: The Sepandarmazgan, or Saudi Arabia: In 2002 and 2011, Esfandegan, is an age-old tradi- religious police banned the sale of tional celebration of love, friend- all Valentine's Day items, telling ship and Earth. It has nothing in shop workers to remove any red common with the Saint Valentine items, as the day is considered a celebration, except for a superficial Christian holiday. In 2008 this ban similarity in giving affection and created a black market of roses and gifts to loved ones. It has been wrapping paper. progressively forgotten in favor of Slovenia: A proverb says that "Saint the Western celebration of Valen- Valentine brings the keys of roots," tine's Day, which has been harshly so plants and flowers will start to criticized by Islamic teachers who grow Feb. 14. Valentine's Day has see the celebrations as opposed to been celebrated as the day when Islamic culture, the first work in the vineyards and Israel: According to Jewish tradi- fields commences. It is also said tion, the festival of love usually falls that birds propose to each other or in late August. in ancient times girls marry on that day. Nevertheless, wore white dresses and danced in the day of love is traditionally the vineyards, where boys would March 12, Saint Gregory's day. be waiting for them. In modern South Korea: Women give choco- Israeli culture this is a popular late to men Feb. 14, and men give day to pronounce love, propose non-chocolate candy to women marriage and give gifts like cards March 14 (WhiteDay). On April 14 or flowers. (Black Day), those who did not Japan: The holiday was'introduced receive anything Feb. 14 or Mar~h in 1936 by a company running ads 14 go to a Korean restaurant to eat aimed mostly at foreigners. By the black noodles and "mourn" their 1960s, it was popularized. Custom- single life. arily, only women give chocolates , Spain: Valentine's Day is known as to men --this appears to have ;'San Valentln." In Catalonia it is originated from thetypo of a " ' largely superseded by similar chocolate-company executive dur- festivities of rose and/or book ing the initial campaigns. Gifts such givingon La Diada 'de sant Jordi (Saint George's Day). Sweden:Alia hj~rtans dag, "All Hearts' Day," was launched in the lg60s bythe flower industry's commerciai interests. Sales of cosmetics and flowers for this holiday are only exceeded by those for Mother's Day. Taiwan: Men give gifts to women on Valentine's Day, and women return them on White Day (March 14). Wales, UK: Saint Dwynwen's Day celebrates the patron saint of Welsh lovers Jan. 25 instead of, or in addition to, Valentine's Day. Source: 1 J J 1 ..... ~