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ArgentinaName of the event: Sweetness’ WeekDate: July 1- July 7Description: Sweetness’ Week began as an ad campaign for the candy company Alcor, who branded the “candy for a kiss” slogan in 1989. The campaign encouraged people to exchange chocolate gifts with someone they were romantically interested in. It caught on quickly and is now celebrated all over Argentina. The tradition has grown into a week-long celebration of love that encourages kindness to loved ones, tenderness to animals, and an enjoyable workplace.
BrazilName of the event:Dia Dos NamoradosDate:June 12Description: Dia Dos Namorados is a day that celebrates the love of married couples. The day encourages the exchanging of flowers, chocolates and cards, much like Valentine's Day. The holiday also has a ritual for single women, called a simpatia. A simpatia is performed by writing your name on a blue ribbon, and counting seven stars while asking to find a person to love. The ritual represents the hope to be the next person to marry and is done in the name of St. Anthony, the patron saint of marriage.
GhanaName of the event: Chocolate DayDate: February 14Description: The west African country of Ghana created their own tradition to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Chocolate Day was created by the Ghanain government in 2007 to boost tourism to the country. The holiday celebrates the love between people and their relationship with the land they live on. It also promotes and honors the production of cocoa, as Ghana is the second largest producer of the resource in the world. Special chocolate-themed menus can be found in restaurants all over the country on this day.
WalesName of the event:Dydd Santes DwynwenDate: January 25Description: This holiday of love is named for the Welsh saint of lovers, St. Dwynwen, a fourth-century princess and nun for people to have good luck in love. On Dydd Santes Dwynwen, lovers are encouraged to exchange carved wooden spoons. These “lovespoons” are said to represent the time, patience and care that love requires to blossom and are a symbol of dedication to a significant other. Romantics may also visit Llanddwyn Island, where the church dedicated to St. Dwynwen is located.
Czech RepublicName of the event: Valentine’s DayDate: May 1Description: The Czech Republic holiday shares the same name as the western holiday, but it has traditions that are unique to the country. The celebration gained popularity with young people around 1989 and is celebrated on May 1. Romantics in the Czech Republic believe that on this day couples should find a cherry blossom tree and kiss under it to bring them happiness and health in their relationship. Many young couples also travel to the statue of the poet Karel Hynek Macha in Prague, as it is said to bring good luck.
RomaniaName of event:DragobeteDate:February 24Description: The festival of Dragobete is a celebration of love and the approaching spring. It was believed in the past that on this day, birds would choose their mate and that young couples should do the same. Today, young people still celebrate Dragobete as a cultural tradition. Couples honour the holiday by searching for spring flowers, dancing, singing and kissing in nature. While modern practices like exchanging gifts has become part of the rituals, Romanians still acknowledge their heritage and participate in celebrating the holiday as their ancestors did.
South KoreaName of the event:Love DaysDate:The 14th of every monthDescription: South Korea celebrates love like no other country. While they celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14 like western countries, it is only one of their many traditions. The country holds special “love days” on the 14th of every month that honor different parts and actions of love. Holidays such as “Kiss Day” in June, “Wine Day” in October, and “Hug Day” in December are celebrated every year. Single people are also honoured with their own day in April, called “Black Day,” that celebrates self-love and the platonic love of friends.