It’s the time of year to celebrate all things love. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with that special someone or getting together with your friends, Valentine’s Day is a time to show people how much you care with traditions that date back to the year 496.
Here are some fun facts from around the world you’re going to love!
1. Cupid was the son of the goddess of love, Venus, in ancient Roman mythology, Cupid used his bow and arrows to inspire love, which is why he became an icon of Valentine’s Day.
2. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for celebrating romance. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into ‘Friendship Day. It is all about celebrating your friends rather than your partner.
3. Most people think that the original Love Lock Bridge was in Paris but many people believe the tradition actually started in Serbia. Have you been to visit Bristol’s Love Lock Bridge in the Harbourside?
4. There is a traditional Swedish custom where couples purchase gold bands as engagement rings for both women and men, with a diamond ring only being bought for the bride on her wedding day.
5. In the Philippines happy Bride and Grooms release two white doves (one male, one female) after they officially marry to symbolise a long and harmonious life together.