The super romantic senors and senoritas of Cuba celebrate Valentine's Day passionately. Houses are adorned with beautiful decor and ornaments and special meals are prepared, including picnics to enjoy the beauty of nature. Hotels and resorts are often booked out during this time of the year, as international guests come to celebrate Cuban style, with festive traditional meals, along with lively music and dance. Roses are popular for the occasion and it is customary for every person to give their sweetheart flowers in their favourite colour.
In Slovakia people often indulge in outdoor activities, and houses are decorated with scented candles, red roses and heart-shaped balloons. This is a time when friends and family members meet to spend some quality time together. The spa town of Trencianske Teplice is a popular destination for people who want to pamper themselves and their partners in the healing spa water. Resorts offer special packages and many cultural events are also held, involving a lot of music, dance, food and drinks.
A unique way of celebrating Valentine's Day is seen in Japan where there are actually two days dedicated to this celebration of love. On the 14 February females present gifts to their boyfriends. While the men returned the favour a month later on 14 March, known as White Day, giving white chocolate along with other gifts.
Even though different countries have different ways to celebrate Valentine's day, celebrations almost always include good food, and of course chocolate to sweeten the moment. Wherever you are and wherever you are from, love never fails to bring people together in celebration. Happy Valentine's Day to you all. \MA