If the standard chocolate, teddy bears and red roses just aren’t going to cut it this year, we have a few borrowed suggestions from friends around the world to make your sweetheart swoon.
- Do V-Day With a Danish Twist
In Denmark, Valentine’s Day is embraced in simple but thoughtful ways. Friends and sweethearts exchange lovers cards and pressed white flowers called snowdrops. Men also give women a gaekkebrev, a “joking letter” written in rhyme or poem. It’s dropped off anonymously and women that guess the giver correctly are awarded with an Easter egg later in the year. We are all for fun, new traditions!
- Love Spoons in Wales
The Welsh celebrate the patron saint of lovers on January 25th with the traditional romantic gift of a love spoon. For centuries, Welsh men have carved symbols into wooden spoons signifying different meanings like good luck, children, love, etc. We love this simple but sweet gesture!
- Chinese Star-Gazing
Show your love the moon and the stars on Valentine’s Day, just as the Chinese do. In China, couples celebrate Qixi, where they spend the evening watching for two stars (Vega and Altair) to cross paths. This is symbolic of the Chinese lore story where a King’s daughter, Zhinu, falls in love with a poor coward, Niulang. The two are allowed to reunite one day a year, on Qixi. We can’t think of anything more romantic than bringing your valentine out to gaze at the stars (remember to bring wine and a blanket to get cozy)!
- Valentine’s Vows in the Philippines
While the Philippines celebrates Valentine’s Day in similar ways to America, they have a popular tradition that includes mass marriages, exchanging or renewing vows with hundreds of others in malls or public areas. Would your sweetheart be open to Valentine’s vows? It would make for a fun February memory!
- Dia Dos Namorados in Brazil
Brazilians skip the February 14th celebration and choose to celebrate Dia dos Namorados, or “Lovers Day,” on June 12th. While gifts and candy are common exchanges, Brazilians take it a step further and celebrate with friends and relatives over dinner. Why not share the love?! The more people who feel loved, the better!
Take a cue from these celebrations and try something new for Valentine’s Day! Or give your lover the best gift of all — a gift to the spa! We have so many V-Day specials it will make anyone swoon. Call us and we can customize the perfect day, complete with champagne and a special gift.