Looking for love abroad? A brief description of Valentine’s celebrations around the world, plus the most important translation of the day.
Finnish Hyvää ystävänpäivää! In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called ystävänpäivä, means “Friend’s Day”, and is more a celebration of friendship and platonic love than romantic love or couples.
Tagalog Gusto mo ba akong maka-date sa Araw ng Mga Puso? Valentine’s Day is called Araw ng mga Puso in the Philippines. The celebration is very similar to in the United States, with school children enjoying cards and candy, and many couples enjoying typical date nights.
Italian (Italy) Cosa fai a San Valentino? In Italy Valentine’s Day is known as La Festa Degli Innamorati, and is celebrated by couples and lovers. La Festa Degli Innamorati is very romantic.
Spanish (Spain) ¿Quieres ser mi pareja? In Spain (and the majority of Latin America), Valentine’s Day is known as Día de San Valentín or Día de los enamorados. It has been celebrated since 1948, after a major advertising campaign popularized it.
Portuguese (Portugal) Queres namorar comigo? In Portugal, Valentine’s day is known as Dia dos Namorados (Lover’s Day). Much like in Italy, the holiday focuses very much on couples and lovers.
Portuguese (Brazil) Quer namorar comigo? In Brazil, Valentine’s Day (February 14) is not a very widely celebrated date. Instead, Dia dos Namorados (Lovers’ Day) is celebrated on June 12, in much the same way it is celebrated in February in the United States.
Greek Θέλεις να γίνεις ο Βαλεντίνος μου. In Greece, Valentine’s Day is also called Η γιορτή των ερωτευμένων (Lovers’ Day). Flowers, candles, and romantic dinners are common.
Russian Будешь моей Валентинкой? In Russia, Valentine’s day is known as День Святого Валентина (St. Valentine’s Day) as well as День влюбленных (The Lovers’ Day). Though it is mostly celebrated widely, some Russians consider Valentine’s Day to be too Western and commercial, and would rather Peter and Fevronia Day on July 8 be celebrated instead.
Japanese ヴァレンタインの本命はキミ Valentine’s Day is the considered the most romantic day of the year in Japan. School children exchange gifts and cards, and restaurant reservations are popular. Girls are encouraged to give gifts to boys they have crushes on, especially chocolate.
Chinese (Simplified) 你愿意和我过情人节吗？ In China, instead of Valentine’s Day, Double Seventh Festival is celebrated. It takes place on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month and originates from a very old tale. Today, more and more Chinese are celebrating this traditional festival again. Still, the Western Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated as well.
Korean (South Korea) 밸런타인데이를 함께 보내주실래요? In South Korea, Valentine’s Day is called 밸런타인데이, a word borrowed from English. The day relates to love, but most of the focus is on the male or more masculine identifying person in the relationship. A woman often gives a box of chocolate to her partner.