6 Weirdest Valentine's Day Traditions

12 February 2015

 

It’s Valentine’s Day in a few days which means couples from around the world are preparing to spend this day together. Small presents, romantic dinners, movie nights or just pleasant walks are just tiny details. What is important is that the two people in love are together. This certainly does not mean that only this day should be important but perhaps it should be the peak of your love towards each other. Couples are probably picking out a card or flowers and maybe some chocolates for their special someone. But there are some cultures or places that have a different view when it comes to romance. Different cultures have different customs, but some of them are just weird, take a look at this list to see how the Valentine’s Day is celebrated in some parts of the world.

 

Love Apples – Austria

Love Apples – Austria

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Unlike most parts of the world where chocolate is the most common Valentine’s Day present, in some rural parts of Austria apples are the hit. So you wonder what is weird about apples. Well, there is a little trick in this story; young women do a ritual dance with apple slices lodged in their armpits. Of course dancing is not an easy job, so they start to sweat, still holding the apples in their armpits. And here comes the nasty part: after the dance, each girl gives a slice of the apple to a man of her choice, as an express of affection. The poor guy then has to eat the slice! Well, if that is not love, then nothing truly is.

 

The Bloody Valentine’s – London, U.K.

The Bloody Valentine’s – London, U.K.

Photo: Burkazoid

London is an amazing city with long history, especially with dark and sometimes even brutal events such as Jack the Ripper and his murders, Bloody Mary or Sweeney Todd. None of these characters are not very romantic, or at least for the most of the people, but people from the London Dungeon think different. They are organizing a special theme event dedicated to Valentine’s Day that includes human heart cupcakes for example and while trying them, couples in love can enjoy watching a torturous surgical procedure in the Blood and Guts exhibit. A popular Valentine’s saying “My heart belongs to you” gets totally different meaning in the London Dungeon. Weird? Well, maybe just for some of us.

 

Gaekkebrev - Denmark

Gaekkebrev - Denmark

Photo: Ma1974

This is actually a name for a game in Denmark where young people have developed this playful secret admirer guessing game. So the boys and girls make short love notes or funny rhymes, without leaving a name, just dots. They give those notes to the person they admire and if the recipient guesses who the sender is, she or he gets a prize: an egg on Easter Sunday.

 

Valentine Prophecies- Brazil

Valentine Prophecies- Brazil

Photo: M Car

Brazil has also an odd tradition for Valentine’s Day. But you have to know that the Day of the Enamoured is being celebrated on June 12th in Brazil. During the whole year, women are to write names of their crushes on small pieces of paper and on June 12th they are to randomly choose one paper from a bowl which is actually a winner and the one whom they should marry. Yes, random choice seems like the best one in Brazil, we might even try it next year.

 

Blind Dates - Dallas, U.S.

Blind Dates - Dallas, U.S.

Photo: al fernandez

People in Dallas definitely have a lot of fun on Valentine’s Day. Their tradition is related to blind dates. But such blind dates are not those ordinary blind dates you know about, when you meet someone in person on your first date. But in Dallas, everything happens during dining in the dark. That way you cannot even see your Valentine. You can just have an intimate and unusual feeling. A restaurant “Opaque” will offer you special Valentine’s Day event with four different kinds of menu and an extremely dark room where you will have an intimate date with your Valentine. It might be weird, but it’s also fun. 

 

Visiting Saint Valentine – Dublin, Ireland

Visiting Saint Valentine – Dublin, Ireland

Photo: William Murphy

Many people in Dublin decide to spend Valentine’s Day in Aungier Street which is actually Saint Valentine’s home. They do not have romantic dinners or special gifts. They just visit a church in Whitefriar Street which was given relics of Saint Valentine back in 1835 by the Pope Gregory XVI. The church is named the Carmelite Church and people in Dublin find it extremely suitable way to spend their Valentine’s Day with their partners or to even propose there, since they believe that such an act will bring 100% outcome. 

 

As you can see, not all of us define romance and the Day of Enamoured in the same way. What some of us find appropriate, the others might consider either boring or too simple. That is why you and your partner have to decide together what is it that best suits you. Maybe one of the above traditions can create completely new feeling and bring you a lot of fun. So feel free to try them out.

 

 

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