For example, Valentine's Day in Finland refers to “Friend's day”, which is more about remembering all friends rather than focusing solely on romance.
Valentine's Day in Guatemala is known as Day of Love and Friendship).
Couples would then be paired off until the following year.
The Christian church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names in hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew.
Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday in many countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.However, it was once again girls’ names that ended up in the box by the 16th century.How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery but one theory is that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.The ancient ceremony included putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out.
Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures.