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10 Weird Valentine’s Day Traditions You Never Knew

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“The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.” (npr.org)

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in most parts of the world but on how it is actually celebrated varies from the simplest things to really obscure ways. Here are some of the strange Valentines traditions that are practiced in other countries.

1. Finland – Friendship Day

 

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Unlike other countries, Valentine’s Day in Finland is mainly about friendship. The day is called “Ystävänpäivä” which means ‘friend’s day’, a day when close friends give each other gifts and cards. But it doesn’t mean romance is unappreciated and left behind…

Valentines is one of the popular days that Finns choose to get engaged or married. Nobody is left alone on Valentine’s Day in Finland, everybody is included so everybody is happy.

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