Valentine Day's Bizarre Traditions
In Denmark, Valentine's Day is marked by writing secret notes to the one you love. The only hitch is that you have to skip writing your name and instead, add a few dots at the end of the post. The person who receives it should be able to guess who gave it and if he/she does that, then love has come a full circle, they believe.
Bird Watching for Valentine's Day
This is probably how all the double entendreson bird watching began. Tradition has it that birds flock at this time to try and find their mates. So, spotting a bird would mean that you will find a partner soon. The only hitch is that everything depends on the kind of bird you spot.
- Goldfinch - A rich man
- Woodpecker - No man at all
- Robin - A seaman
- Bluebird - Someone who is funny
Some people across the world use Valentine’s Day as the day to express their ill-feelings towards each other. This involved sending them a lemon for a gift and cards that expressed how they felt for the person. It could be the wed or smiled or even how they thought about the way they cooked, anything goes as long as it was unpleasant.
To target the foreigners who settled in Japan and who were used to the tradition of Valentine’s Day, chocolate manufacturers made chocolate in chocolate boxes. However, the tradition soon evolved towards gifting men you love with chocolate boxes. It could be anyone from colleagues to sons to boyfriends. Diabetic people too can enjoy sugar-free chocolates on this Valentine’s day with their loved one.
Hit by Animal Skins
A weird Roman tradition during the middle ages was to hit women with animal skins. Young men would go around in the streets and hit women using animal skins. Women accepted the blow as they believed that it improved their fertility.