A very vivacious Valentine’s


Emily Dvareckas / The Hawks' Herald

Valentine’s Day in Slovenia is celebrated on March 12 and is believed to be the day that birds propose and wed.

Emily Dvareckas, Photo Editor

Valentine’s Day has many traditions that are celebrated each year. These include giving loved ones chocolates, roses, cards and anything heart-shaped. It is a day for expressing love in various ways. Here are some interesting ways people celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world.

  1. Wales: A Welsh tradition that began around the 17th century sees men gifting love spoons to the women they were trying to woo. The spoons would be carved by the men and contain symbols of love and show off the capabilities of the man. A nicely carved spoon would let the woman’s father know he was a good woodworker and capable of taking care of his daughter.

  2. Slovenia: Valentine’s Day in Slovenia is celebrated on March 12 and called St. Gregory’s Day. March 12 used to be the first day of spring and is the first day of working in the fields. Slovenians celebrate their first day of work and participate in a long-lived tradition of walking into the fields barefoot in order to watch the birds. The tradition began because it is strongly believed that the birds propose and marry their loves. In order to view the ceremony, one must walk on the frozen ground barefoot.

  3. Norway: There is a tradition in Norway that consists of someone writing a poem or letter to their crush and sending it without signing the card. Instead of signing it, the writer must sign it with dots with the amount of dots equalling the number of letters in their name. The recipient must then guess who the admirer is. If they are correct, the admirer must give them an Easter egg. If they guess the wrong person, the recipient must buy the admirer an Easter egg.

  4. Japan: In Japan, chocolate does the talking. Feb. 14 is the day women show their admiration for the men in their lives in the form of chocolate. Giri choco is given to men that the woman does not have romantic feelings for like bosses or male relatives; giri choco is translated to obligation chocolate and is usually cheaper, grab and go chocolates. Tomo choco is given to female friends and is translated to friend chocolate. The chocolate that is given to a woman’s significant other or one she has feelings for is called honmei choco, translated to favorite chocolate. This chocolate is usually homemade or fancier and expensive.