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Valentine's Day in different countries

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1. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Right off the bat I will say that I'm not the biggest fan of Valentine's Day. Some people have commented that it's because I'm single ( ), but I maintain that that is not the only reason. I just personally think it's contrived and somewhat forced onto society. Having said that, I would like to know if Valentine's day is as prominent and celebrated in your countries. If you do celebrate it, what do you guys do? Do you guys celebrate only if you're in a couple or even if you're single?

Tam

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I don't like the ketchy stuff, but an original gesture is nice. My last Valentine's card was of a snowy street with bare trees and pretty houses. I kept that one.

I didn't celebrate when I was single, and it does tend to leave you feeling a little left out. Although my Mom alway buys us a little something, so that was pretty nice.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Here in Iceland we have our own kind of Valentine's day. There is one day for men at the end of January and another for women at the end of February.

4. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 11y

i'm from the states and personally I think we WAY overdo it. It's an excuse for companies to sell more cards and boxes of chocolate. it's also an excuse for restaurants to overprice their regular food as "specials" at the restuarant i worked at one of our specials was actually a heart shaped steak (or other piece of meat, i forget) for 2. that's supposed to be romantic...

and i am single (have been most of my life) but i still think if i had a boyfriend i'd rather be surprised with something on a regular day then get all hyped up for something and disappointed if what he did wasn't good enough or as "special" or "romantical" as my friend's boyfriend. so when i do have a boyfriend i won't expect much if anything on valentines day but maybe i'll get the point across that surprises on any other day are so much more fun.

anyhow that's my p.o.v.

5. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Ah Valentine's Day when one is single is never fun! I've been lucky enough to have my share of non-single V-day's, so I can't say that I hate the holiday. However, I do believe that it is wayyyyyy too overdone. I walked into Halmark 5 days after Christmas and they had already started to put Valentine's decorations up!

I personally don't believe in spending outlandish amounts of money on Feb 14th (however, I won't turn away any diamond jewellery! ;) tee hee).....I enjoy it for romantic stuff. I think having a homemade dinner by the fire is so much better than buying heart-shaped meat (that's too funny leahrb).

Being single this year, I hope to spend it with some good friends at home with cheesecake and a Sex and the City DVD or perhaps a chick-flick. Single girls of the world unite!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Of course, only a month to go until it is Valentine's Day again

7. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I agree its overrated but personally I still enjoy it, its a day where you can be as silly and romnatic as you want and well the silly laughs don't matter,

as for celebrating it, well my boyfriend hates it so he insists on celebrating romance a few days before or after but doesn't tell me till the last minute, last year he arranged for me to have a half day from work so we could have a picnic in the park, followed by a walk by the sea and then back to a log fire at home to watch the movie we saw on our first date ( sounds romantic, huh.... sickening..... well the movie was - The Eye - we love horror !) and this year we've moved so no log fire......

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I'm not a big fan when either single or attached. Try and avoid it when single, Do it a few days before or just give a sort of IOU (i.e. surprise travel tickets, but not instantaneous) if in a couple. I just can't be arsed with it. Doesn't help that a couple of good friends have birthdays that day, and when they are also single, i'm always getting badgered to do something to help them celebrate the brithday and forget the fact they are single, and that often works out more expensive than when you have a partner!

9. Posted by hippiechic (Budding Member 43 posts) 11y

i celebrated last V-day by breaking up with my b.f.
swell. the previous ones were consumed by the dismal depression of youth, and before that (elementary school days) excitement over candy. never ever had a b.f. on V-Day. in fact i love that nickname for it. however, this year, i am leaving the country to see a concert on that day, by an artist that i very much love, so i think that counts as a great celebration!