The rock star Bryan Adam’s mother land, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th in Canada, as the most countries across the globe. The Date of Valentine’s festival has its origin from the February Fertility festival of Feast of Lupercalia celebrated in pagan times during middle of February. Later, the feast of Lupercalia was turned into a Christian celebration and named Valentine’s Day to honor the date of martyrdom of Saint Valentine. Canadian Valentine’s Day celebrations are heavily influenced by American culture because of its proximity and the high influence of popular media. According to legends, Saint Valentine was a patron saint of lovers who was executed on February 14. Scholars also believe that February 14 was chosen for the romantic festival of Valentine’s Day because of the popular belief in England and France that birds began to look for their mate from February 14.
Valentine’s Day Traditions in Canada
Valentine’s Day in Canada celebrated with sheer enthusiasm and happiness. Balls and parties are arranged all over the country where people express their love for their Valentine’s. Roses, chocolates, candies and cards are the most popular gifts for the romantic occasion. Canada people prefer romantic ways to tell their love to their Valentine’s on the Valentine’s Day. As same as in US, children exchange cards and gifts to their friends and teachers. In many place, fun games and competition are arranged for children. Children their selves make Valentine’s card on this day for their friends and teachers. In Canada, school children are encouraged to prepare handmade Valentine’s gifts on the day.
In Canada, Valentine’s Day is not just a lover’s day but anybody can express their love and gratitude to their beloved. Even schools officially celebrate Valentine’s Day in Canada. Valentine dance parties are conducted in schools. Parents gift their kids chocolate basket, toys and video games. As it is in US, Valentine’s Day is heavily commercialized in Canada. Greeting card is one of main attraction of Valentine’s Day in Canada. Canadian greeting cards offer you the romantic, funniest and naughtiest lines on them. Gift shops in Canada use to wear the festive look of Valentine’s Day far before the actual event occurs. Gift basket is a common practice in Canadian Valentine’s Day.
Canada is an excellent tourist spot with exotic locales. Young men give flower bouquets, rings, perfumes, chocolate candies and gift baskets to their sweethearts while women give electronic gadgets, perfumes, gift baskets, photo collages and love maps as their valentine gifts. The youngsters enjoy the day with new gift ideas such as photo story albums, Musical CDs, DVDs, High-Fi mobile phones. Canadian People living in different cities exchange the valentine greetings with e-cards and gifts which available through online Valentine’s Day shopping sites. Valentine’s Day dinner and dance parties take place all over Canada to celebrate the expression of love. Restaurant and pubs get decorates long before the Valentine’s Day and offer terrific romantic dinner packages. Many Families arrange private celebrations in their homes by hiring a DJ.