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10 Feb 2014
Around the World in 80 Valentines
Around The World in 80 Valentines
The day is almost upon us folks, the day that people love to hate
and hate to love, Valentine’s Day, February 14th. A day filled with
the celebration of love, relationships, romantic candlelit dinners, Red Hot Kisses (shameless promotion of the new Lady Boys of Bangkok tour) and cards. Saint Valentine’s
Day is heaped in tradition and history. It is believed to have originated
around the time of the Romans and holds both a cultural and religious significance.
At present day, it is celebrated in many countries across the globe. History
lesson aside, the numerous stories surrounding Saint Valentine himself indicate
that he was an enigmatic romanticist at heart, so in honour of both him and this
global celebration let’s take a look at how other countries celebrate
One of the Igloo's at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Moving across the Atlantic to Latin America, Valentine’s Day is
celebrated in a more encompassing fashion, instead of alienating people of a
single disposition, they tend use the holiday to share love and friendship with
friends and lovers alike. ‘Día del
Amor y la Amistad’ (Day of Love and Friendship), as it’s known in Mexico,
involves people performing random acts of appreciation for their friends, as
well as giving cards and flowers to their significant other. Let’s be honest,
whether you’re in a relationship or not, who doesn’t like feel appreciated? And
here at Lady Boys
were all the about that encompassing, no one left out, feeling. So we tip our
Ram Thai Headdress to you, South America.
Valentine’s Day is fast becoming a global celebration due to the
increasing influence of western cultures. This is especially true in East Asian
countries, such as China, Japan and Thailand. Japan turns the idea of
Valentines on its head with it being customary for women to give chocolates to men.
This was apparently due to an error in translation made by a chocolate company
executive. This executive just happened to be a man who loved chocolate.‘White Day’, celebrated March 14th,
is the male equivalent, with men being expected to reciprocate the original
gift with one of three times the value.
Thailand also falls head over heels for Valentine’s Day, with
older and younger generations following tradition with the buying of gifts,
flowers and indulging in romantic dinners. One of the many beautiful places you
can take your loved one is Vertigoat the Banyan Tree, Bangkok, which is a rather swanky open roof-top
restaurant, that boasts outstanding views of the Bangkok skyline and also a
small chance of acrophobia.
Vertigo at Banyan
In addition to the wining and dining, couples in Bangkok use the
day to register their marriages in the city district of Bang Ruk (otherwise
known as the ‘Love District’), the Thai equivalent of Gretna Green. For years
now the Municipal Offices have offered the earliest couples to register a
chance to win a golden marriage certificate. This creates a fever rush of
couples flocking the district come Valentine’s Day. See the happy couple below?
They were lucky enough to win one back in 2013.
beautiful part of Bangkok Valentine tradition is the visiting of The Trimurti Shrine. This
elegant shrine is located at the Ratchaprasong junction in downtown Bangkok. The
legend surrounding the shrine states that those who pray there for true love have
their dreams fulfilled, and it is also believed to bring happiness in
relationships. As you can imagine, the romantic aura of the shrine attracts
quite a crowd of people during Valentine’s. Worshippers generally bring
offerings of Joss Sticks (Incense). On Valentine’s Day the ‘Lovers Shrine’ is
decorated in red roses, and red candles adding a further visceral aspect the
romantic appeal of Bangkok.