In Catalonia (Northeastern Spain), people celebrate La Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day) on April 23. This is also known as El Dia de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or El Dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book). You see, on this day, sweethearts celebrate love much in the way we celebrate love every year on February 14. Traditionally, men would bestow upon their sweetheart a rose, and women would return their affection by giving their sweetheart a book: “a rose for love and a book forever.” These days, the exchange of books is mutual – and this is certainly a tradition we can get down with.
In Denmark, folks demonstrate their love by giving white flowers (called Snowdrops, which feels fitting this time of year) and by writing unsigned, funny poems called “gaekkebrev.” It is the receiver’s job to figure out who has penned this poem for them.
In Italy, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a Spring Festival – where sweethearts spend the day listening to music and reading poetry. Baci Perugina is given, which is a hazelnut covered in chocolate that comes wrapped in a multilingual love note (with languages including Italian, English, French, German, Greek, Spanish, or Portuguese).
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