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Valentines’ Day in Australia – 14th of February

The day of love originates from the European saint, Valentine.  It began as a Christian tradition which is gradually being taken up around the world, largely, I might suggest, because it is very profitable for business. Red is the colour of Valentines’ Day (and of love).

So what do Australians do on Valentines’ Day?valentines window display

  • send anonymous cards to people they like but are too shy to tell (I remember getting one of these once – it would have been really good to know who’d sent it)
  • give cards and presents to their boyfriend/girlfriends, lovers, husband/wife, etc.
  • give presents, especially chocolate, red (for love) roses (1 or ideally 12) and sometimes jewellery.  Valentines’ Day balloons are also becoming popular.
  • go out for a special dinner, or lunch, or breakfast – restaurants and cafes will have something to cover all of these.  Don’t forget the champagne!
  • put a Valentines’ Day message in the local newspaper, they now have pages and pages of them every Valentines’ Day

I was out shopping today and saw that a shop was promoting Valentines’ Day presents for your mum and dad, but I think that’s taking it a little too far.  What do you think?

Anyway, Happy Valentines’ Day

“The greatest gift you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return

by Eden Ahbez from the beautiful song, Nature Boy

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