Are we celebrating Valentine’s Day right?

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Valentine’s day is known as a celebration of love not only in the US but also around the globe and is celebrated on 14th of February. So far so good. But what most people fail to understand is that Valentine’s day is a celebration of LOVE. Not only love towards your boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse but for all the people in your life that you love.

I guess this thought didn’t accur to me until a previous interaction with a collegue at work. She was sending a card to the US that read “I love you to the moon and back”. My first thought was that she was sending it to a love interest, which wasn’t far from the truth. She was sending it to a friend she stayed at while she was in California. It turns out that this American holiday is meant to celebrate all the amazing people in yout life that you care for. But I guess the misconception makes sense when the media and the entertaiment industry promotes it as a romantic holiday for love birds.

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and while some may love it other completly despise it.

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Why be bitter all day long because you’re not seeing someone when the whole idea of this holiday is to celebrate all the important people in your life? Stop checking your Tinder feed every five seconds and maybe send a sweet card to brighten a friend’s day. 🙂

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or not.

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While Valetine’s day is the most popular love holiday there are plenty other holidays of this sort around the globe.

For example, did you know that in Bulgaria on 14th of February they celebrate something called Winemakers Day? When people celebrate their love for one another with glasses of the nation’s finest wine.

In Argentina they don’t have a day to celebrate love, they have an entire week called Sweetness Week when kisses are exchanged for sweet treats.

In Romania, we celebrate love on 24th of February, the holiday is called Dragobete and is also known as the day when “the birds are betrothed”. It is a mixture of Valentine’s day and a Spring celebration.

The South Koreans celebrate love on the 14th of every month not only February! These days include: May’s Rose Day, June’s Kiss Day, December’s Hug Day and April’s Black Day.

In Estonia, however, on February the 14th friendship rather than romantic love is celebrated during Sobrapaev (translation: Friendship day). The same happens in Finland where the celebration is known as Ystävänpäivä.

Finally, we should spend today being positive with the people we care about and stop whineing about what we don’t have. Ultimatly, if you really want that box of chocolate there’s nothing wrong with buying it for yourself! Hey, I do that everyday.

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But for those of you who are still not convinced – here are some cat gifs Valentine’s day edition.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

♥ Cute Links ♥

Valentine’s day holidays around the world:

https://www.vashi.com/valentines-day-traditions/Home.html

25 000 white LED roses instalation lit up in Hong Kong for Valentine”s day:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3445807/25-000-white-roses-Valentine-s-Day-Hong-Kong-lit-dazzling-display-LED-flowers-installed-bring-romance-city-s-business-district.html

The romance of chocolate:

http://blog.oup.com/2016/02/chocolate-neuroscience-aphrodisiac/?utm_source=tumblr&utm_medium=oupacademic&utm_campaign=oupblog

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