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Valentine’s Day All Around the World

Various Traditions

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In Finland: Every year is organized the championship of the "carried of woman". It is an obstacle race in which the husband carries his wife. The one who finishes the race the fastest win the weight of his wife in beer.


In Denmark: Men send anonymous poems to women. The notes are signed with one dot for each letter of the man’s name. If the woman guesses who wrote to her, the admirer rewards her with an egg on Easter. And, if she guesses wrong, then she owes him the egg on Easter. This tradition called "Gaekkebrev" actually takes place at Easter.


In Wales: The Welsh give love spoons on January 25th. It’s wooden spoons with hearts on them. It gives a new meaning to the expression “spooning” with the one you love.


In Scotland: there is a pretty good tradition that if you meet a person of the opposite sex during the day (most likely), you can ask her to be her Valentine / Valentine for the day.


In Brazil: If you believe in fate or luck, celebrate like Brazilian. Place the names of the people you like into a hat and randomly select one, it could be the person you end up marrying.


In Singapore: The festival of the lovers falls at the same time as the festival of the new Chinese year. It is the 15th of this one that unmarried women write words of love on mandarins before throwing them in the river and making the vows to find the ideal companion.

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