The Valentines Day Holiday is the second most celebrated holiday in the world after News Years Day! The holiday has been blended in with local cultures. Find out in this second page, some quirks to the Celebration of Romantic Love
A Mistake Becomes A Custom
Valentines Day was introduced in the Far East, in Japan, in 1936 as a marketing exercise targeted to foreigners. But it seems an executive lost something in translation and it ended up with women making gifts of chocolate, candy and greeting cars to men on February 14, while men returned gifts on March 14! This custom of exchanging gifts a month apart is still the common practice.
This Valentines Day holiday custom is also common in South Korea where women give men chocolates on Valentines Day, while on White Day, March 14, men return non-chocolate candy. Men and women who did not receive any gifts go to a restaurant to eat black noodles on Black Day, April 14! Isn't that the cutest holiday custom.
Brazilians have Special Magic Rites
Here's some surprising facts about the Valentines Day holiday in Brazil.
Brazilians do not celebrate Valentines Day, as it falls too close to their wonderful Brazilian Carnivale, either a week too early or a week just after their Carnivale.
This alone has made the Carnivale a tourist attraction for those wishing to avoid the obligations of the Valentines holiday.
Brazilians do have a holiday for Lovers on June 12. It seems, single women perform magic rites called "Simpatias" to help them find a good husband. Here are a couple of cute ones:
Malaysians are Arrested for Celebrating Valentines Day
although a secular country, has an influential Muslim Shariah Court.
The religious authorities decided that this celebration of easy romantic
love was Christian nonsense and that Valentines Day would be banned.
There was a national campaign warning couples to "Mind The Valentines
More than 100 couples were arrested by police and charged on Valentines day in 2011 for defying the ban against celebrating this holiday.
To find out more about this holiday, read how February 14 came about to become Valentines Day.