Different cultures have their different ways of showing love and affection. Let's take a look at them and learn more about how love is expressed throughout the world. :D
ASIDE from the usual romantic candlelit dinner and bouquets of flowers, some cultures celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own unique and even strange way.
Japanese teacher Nakamura Mikako, 36, said that in Japan, it was the only day for women to express their love for their male counterparts.
“In schools, girls give handmade or store-bought chocolate to the senpai (seniors) that they admire. Many prefer to make their own chocolate to express their sincerity.
“In companies, female employees give their male colleagues chocolates on Valentine’s Day. It’s not a sign of love but merely a polite or social gesture,” she said.
She added that guys reciprocated on March 14, which is called White Day.
Marriage in different cultures.
• The bride wears a veil made of plaited hair which represents reserve.
• The people present wear traditional regional costumes.
• Wine is poured on the land as a dedication to the gods.
• The couple jumps above a brush covered with flowers, which symbolizes the starting of domestic life. -
• The bride wears an elaborate veil and gets her hands and feet decorated with a drawing made with alhea (henna).
• During the reception, men and women stay separated.
Caribe and Burmuda:
• The cake is made of various fruits and steeped in rum.
• Calypso music is played.
• In the Bermudas people plant a tree for prosperity
• Decorations and gift wrappings are red as this color (and gold too) symbolizes happiness and wealth.
• There are always rockets acting as protection against bad spirits.
• The bride changes her dress three times during the wedding ceremony.
• The couple walk toward the church with their wedding procession over a path of orange blossoms.
• Most of the brides wear a horseshoe on one of their arms decorated with lace as an amulet.
• The fruit cake is covered with marzipan. The upper section (baptism tart) is kept until the first child is born. -
• In a party the night before, the couple are loudly teased and dishes are broken.
• Beer, wine and marzipan are served.
• The bride is taken to the church in a carriage pulled by black horses.
• On the day of the wedding, the guests go to couple's house.
• The bridal portion is put in the "nuptial wardrobe," hand engraved with symbols of health and prosperity.
• The couple drink from the traditional wedding cup.
• All decorations are white, and laurel leaves are spread out of the church when the nuptial couple depart.
• On the wedding night, pots and pans are drummed to disturb the couple. The groom invites jokers in and some refreshements are offered.
• Almonds covered with caramel (fertility symbols) wrapped in tulle are distributed among the assistants.
• In the reception a dance with handkerchiefs (Kaslamantiano) is enjoyed by all while stuffed grape leaves, lamb skewers, and wine are served.
• During the ceremony the groom is asked to honour the bride and she slightly touches him to put emphasis.-