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Cultural and Global Perspectives: Cultural Celebrations of Love

Cultural and Global Perspectives: Cultural Celebrations of Love

Valentine's Day is a beloved holiday celebrated around the world, but its cultural significance and traditions vary greatly from country to country. In this article, we will explore some of the unique cultural and global perspectives on love and celebrations.

Cultural Celebrations of Love

Love is a universal emotion, and cultures around the world have found creative ways to celebrate it. Here are some examples of cultural celebrations of love:

Feast of Saint Valentine

The Feast of Saint Valentine, also known as Valentine's Day, is a holiday celebrated on February 14th in many countries. The origins of the holiday are rooted in the Christian tradition, as it commemorates the martyrdom of Saint Valentine. Over time, the holiday has evolved into a day of love and romance, with many cultural symbolisms associated with it.

Lacey Cultural Celebration

The City of Lacey Parks, Culture & Recreation is hosting the annual Lacey Cultural Celebration on March 9, 2024 at Saint Martin's University from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and family-friendly, and attendees can explore cultures from around the world without a passport. There will be music and dance performances, cultural information and activities, and cultural food vendors. The event is expected to be bigger than ever this year, with 18 performance groups and nearly 20 artisan vendors. The Sensory Toolhouse in Lacey will provide a Sensory Recovery room for anyone who needs a break during the event.

Heetch - HeetchPlease

In France, and especially in cities, it’s commonplace to see people driving beaten up cars and mopeds. This stems from a number of factors. Cars are less likely to be seen as a status symbol and more as a functional transport commodity, the streets can be narrow and prone to scrapes, the wayward parking tactics of locals lead to frequent fender bending, and not to mention a certain famous roundabout in Paris that requires its own insurance opt in. Last year, Heech jumped on this cultural insight, creating an integrated campaign asking people not to collect their dates in their battered up vehicles, featuring a TV spot, guerilla sticker slap activations on damaged cars in Paris, and a free month on the app for anyone who posts a picture of their broken motor on social.

Unexpectedly Bye-Bye

In Japan, valentine's day is celebrated, but it’s generally used as a day for women/girls to confess their love to men/boys. Honmei Choco (true love chocolat) is an important decision made by women, and so the best adverts tend to tell stories of secret love of a girl, as per this advert from APAC confectionary giant Lotte. There are five other types of gifts on Valentines, Giri choco (obligation chocolate) are given to family members as seen in this Godiva Ad from last year and Cho-giri as a sympathy gift. And don’t worry, the ladies only have to wait for a month for ‘White Day’ (14th March) in order to receive something back, or to buy a Jibun-choco, a chocolate to themselves.

Love is In Aeroplane Mode

Valentine's day in Italy was historically celebrated as a spring festival, with couples spending time outdoors, strolling in parks, sitting under trees, listening to music and talking. While contemporary Italian couples may present each other with small chocolates or padlock their love to bridges, there is a resistance to the capitalist gifting experiences compared to many other western European markets.

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