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Valentine’s Day celebrations are known to take place all around the world. Go through this article and explore worldwide Valentine Day customs & traditions.

Valentine’s Day Around The World

Nietzsche wrote in ’Thus Spake Zarathustra’ as "there is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. Yes madness of love is sweet and it is spread wherever human being exists. Love is epidemic, delightful and hurting, at times. Science says ’Hormones in the human body creates the feeling of love’ which the human mind and its emotional world never accepts as a truth because it thinks that there can be no meaning in a life if there is no love and passion’. Celebration of this eternal feeling named 'love’ is called as ’Valentine’s day’. The world celebrates Valentine’s Day on February 14th. There are a lot more stories about the origin of this Day. The well known myth or fact of these set of stories is the martyrdom of the great Saint. Valentine on February 14th. One of the most famous legends goes ’Valentine was a priest who lived in the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius decided t keep single men from marriage because he thought the single young men without wives or families make the best soldiers. Thus, he outlawed marriage for young men.  The priest Valentine thought of this new law as injustice and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret but when Valentine’s actions were discovered, the emperor ordered him to be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help the Christians to escape from cruel Roman prisons where Christians are tortured and massacred.

World celebrate Valentine’s Day with sheer spirit of romance. The nature of the festival varies from country to country. In Finland, it is just considered as a 'friendship day’ when America see it as a 'day to express love and gratitude to your beloved ones’. In America, school children use to gift their teachers flower bouquets and gift baskets as a valentine gifts which can’t be even imaginable in countries like Italy or Greece. Most of the countries which are very much influenced by American media are celebrating the Valentine’s Day in pure American style. Canada is one country which has got the American influence of Valentine’s Day. India also celebrates the day in a bit distorted American fashion where nations such as Greece and Romania have their own style of Valentine’s celebration. As a matter of fact, Romania celebrates the Valentine’s Day which they call as ’Dragobete’ on February 24th. Chile, Spain and France have adopted the concept of Valentine’s Day in their soul and they celebrate the event with much vigor and joy. Some nationalist groups such as Shri ram Sena in India and Noua Dreapta’ in Romania strongly protest the concept of Valentine’s day by pointing that it is a foreign festival which meant to put the seeds of cultural imperialism in other countries. Anyway, the whole world celebrates Valentine’s Day as a day for expressing the divine love and gratitude.