Did you know that in:
- Malaysia: On the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, single women write their personal phone numbers on oranges and throw them into a river hoping that the waters will carry those phone numbers to the men of their dreams.
Fruit vendors fish these oranges out of the river and sell them at the market to men who are out looking for love! Not a bad way to meet someone, hey?
- Brazil: June the 12th is the ‘Day of Lovers’: Dia dos Namorados. The day before, women write the names of their crushes on different pieces of paper.
They then pick a paper randomly on the next and whatever name comes up will belong to the lucky crush they will marry or date.
- South Korea: The 14th day of each month is dedicated to one aspect of love or another.
For example, the 14th day of December is designated as ‘Hug Day’; the 14th day of October is ‘Wine Day’; the 14th day of May is ‘Rose Day’ and on February the 14th, it is the WOMEN who give the men chocolate while on March 14th, the men give their women candy.
Come the 14th of April, single people get together to eat black bean noodles and moan about how single they are and maybe meet someone.
If you are not keen on celebrating Valentine’s on the 14th of February, then you can actually change the date! Who says you have to stick to the internationally recognized day of romance? Every other weekend could be your Valentine’s; you are in love after all.