Latin American countries I read celebrate Valentine's day as the day of love and friendship. Quite fitting I think... In Guatemala it is known as the "Día del Cariño" (Day of the Affection).
In Slovenia, a proverb says that "St Valentine brings the keys of roots," so on February 14, plants and flowers start to grow. Valentine's Day has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day.
In Pakistan the Jamaat-e-Islami political party has called for the banning of the holiday. Despite this, the celebration is increasingly popular and the florists expect to sell great amount of flowers, especially red roses.
In most of South America the Día del amor y la amistad and the Amigo secreto ("Secret friend") are quite popular and usually celebrated together on the 14 of February (one exception is Colombia, where it is celebrated every third Saturday of September). The latter consists of randomly assigning to each participant a recipient who is to be given an anonymous gift (similar to the Christmas tradition of Secret Santa).
Looking at the cultural and historical variations is quite fascinating ... of these cards below from former times I think the letter to Susanna is the one I covet.
Alas ... no-one penned me an epistle like this one so full of genuine devotion (well the print is so tiny who knows what is being said!) ... instead a few random heart-ful messages came via Twitter!!!
Such is life!
Actually it was a wonderful day ... up early ... bike ride to a fav cafe... reading the papers, thinking time.. an excellent meeting later on full of project possibilities... dentist ... oh yes that brought the mood down... came out with a numb nose, cheek and an eyelid that was quite twittery. Anyway things got better again!
Started thinking about a trip north in the autummn months. And managed to get a lot done!
So ... which of these would you covet? Or not!
|Handwritten Valentine poem "To Susanna", (Cork, Ireland dated Valentine's Day, 1850).|
|Unusual seascape Valentine, date unknown but probably pre-1900|
|Postcard by Nister, circa 1900|
|Richard Felton Outcault (January 14, 1863-September 25, 1928), Buster Brown|
|A pop-up Valentine, circa 1920, measuring 2" x 2 1/2".|
|Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1940-1950|
Wishing you all a happy "day of the Affection!"