The sweet and romantic festival of Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 in most countries of the world.
In the USA United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, India, etc., people celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. The date of the festival has its origins in the February Fertility Festival of the Feast of Lupercalia celebrated in pagan times in mid-February. Later, the Lupercalia feast became a Christian celebration and was called Valentine’s Day to honor the date of Saint Valentine’s martyrdom. According to the legends, Saint Valentine was a patron of lovers who was executed on February 14. Scholars also believe that February 14 was chosen for the romantic Valentine’s Day party because of the popular belief in England and France that the birds began searching for their mate since February 14.
Date of Valentine’s Day in Japan and China
People in Japan and China celebrate Valentine’s Day on different dates. In Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on two dates. On the popular Valentine’s Day date of February 14, women present gifts of chocolates to their boyfriends or other men close to them. On March 14, the Japanese celebrate the White Day as an extension of the Valentine’s Day festival held a month earlier. On the White Day it is men’s turn to pamper the women who expressed their love and affection for them on February 14th.
People in China celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month on the Chinese calendar. The unique date of the festival has its origin in the popular popular legend of China that tells the story of a beautiful seventh daughter of the Emperor of heaven who married a poor cowherd, Niu Lang. The couple was separated and turned into stars. They were allowed to meet only once on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Chinese Valentine’s Day is better known as “Festival of the Double Sevens” or “Qi Xi – ‘The Night of Sevens“. The other popular names of the festival are the “Seven Sister’s Festival” and the “Daughter’s Festival“.