We all know Valentine’s Day, also called Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day. The festival, which originated as a Christian holiday honoring a martyr named Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Through later popular traditions, Valentine’s Day has also become an important cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world. world. The day is usually associated with customs such as sending greeting cards, offering sweets and presenting flowers. However, Valentine’s Day is not the only day dedicated to love and romance. Below are some of these festivals and occasions around the world…
Saint George’s Day
St. George’s Day is the feast of St. George, especially in England.
St. Dwynwen’s Day
St Dwynwen’s Day is Wales’ own version of Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on January 25 each year. St Dwynwen, sometimes known as Dwyn or Donwen, is the Welsh patron saint of lovers. She was a 4th century Welsh princess who lived in what is now Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park. Ella dwynwen was quite unlucky in love, so she became a nun. She prayed that true lovers would have better luck than her. The popularity and celebration of St Dwynwen’s Day has increased considerably in recent years, with special events, such as concerts and parties, often held and the exchange of Dydd Santes Dwynwen greeting cards.
Dragobete is a traditional Romanian festival celebrated on February 24. Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, who represents the main person of the myth related to the arrival of spring and the end of the harsh winter. Due to his infinite goodness he was chosen – according to some sources, by the Virgin Mary – to be the ‘Guardian of Love’. The day is particularly known as “the day when birds marry.” It is during this time that birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, locally considered the first day of spring, boys and girls gather spring flowers and sing together. Maidens collect the snow that falls on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magical potions for the rest of the year. Those who participate in Dragobete customs must be protected from illness, especially fever, during the rest of the year. If the weather permits, girls and boys gather snowdrops or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as Valentine’s Day, much like Valentine’s Day.
Dia dos Namorados, or Valentine’s Day in Brazilian Portuguese, is a special date celebrated in Brazil on June 12. The date is celebrated with gifts, romantic activities, decorations and festivities. The date is June 12 as it is close to Saint Anthony’s Day on June 13. The term ‘Dia dos Namorados’ is also used in other Portuguese-speaking countries to refer to Valentine’s Day. During this time, unmarried women sometimes perform rituals, known as ‘sympatias, in the belief that they will be the next to walk down the aisle.
The Qixi Festival, also known as the Qiqiao Festival, is a Chinese festival celebrating the annual meeting of Zhinu and Niulang in Chinese mythology. The festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunisolar month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The festival, a celebration of romantic love, is often described as the traditional Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day. The festival derives from Chinese mythology: people celebrate the romantic legend of two lovers, Zhinu and Niulang, who were the weaver and the cowherd, respectively. This tale has been celebrated at the Qixi Festival since the Han Dynasty. The oldest known reference to this famous myth dates back to more than 2,600 years ago, and was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry. The festival has been variously called: Double Seventh Festival, Chinese Valentine’s Day, Night of the Seven or Magpie Festival.