It’s that time of year when most people in the western world will feel compelled to send a greeting card to their loved one or maybe a bunch of red roses. Although Valentine’s day has become a more commercial event, fuelled by the greeting card industry, we thought we’d share some facts you may not know about Valentines day around the world:
- The Greeting Card Association estimate that approximately 1 billion valentines cards are sent worldwide each year.
- In Japan and Korea, it’s all about the women presenting the men with gifts, especially chocolate. To reciprocate, the 14th of March is known as White Day where men are supposed to thank those who remembered them on Valentine’s Day with white chocolate or marshmallows. Plus, it has become almost an obligation for women to give chocolates, known as giri-choco, to all of their co-workers.
- Slovenia – In Slovenia, 14th of February marks the first day of working in the fields. St Valentines or “Zdravko” is one of their patron saints of Spring
- In Finland and Estonia – Valentine’s Day is more a celebration of friendship. Feb 14th is called “Ystävän Päivä” in Finnish and Sõbrapäev in Estonian which literally translates to “Friends Day”.
- China’s version of Valentine’s Day is the Qixi Festival, which falls on the 7th day of the 7th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. Whenever this day falls, it is a popular wedding date for Chinese couples.
How to say “I love you” in some of the most widely spoken languages in the world?
Just in case you wanted to know how to say I love you to your friends and loved ones around the world, we thought we’d say it in a few different languages…
In Chinese -我爱你
In Japanese -わたしは、あなたを愛しています
In Spanish – te amo
In Russian – Я люблю тебя
In Hindi – मैं तुमसे प्यार करता हूँ
In Portuguese – Eu te amo
In Swahili – Nakupenda
In Bengali – আমি তোমায় ভালোবাসি
In French – Je t’aime
In German – Ich liebe dich
And in Italian, ti amo
Wherever you are, we hope you are with your loved ones.
Happy Valentine’s Day!