Valentine’s Day Down Under

What do you imagine when you hear the word “romantic”?

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For English speakers, the word “romantic” carries the image of a happy couple, enjoying a date in a beautiful location. Maybe there is wine, good food, laughing and light-hearted flirting. February 14, Valentine’s Day, is one of the most romantic days of the year! It is a day that celebrates romantic love. Restaurants, parks, and movie theaters in Australia will be crowded with couples on that day.

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In Japan, people celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving presents or chocolate to all their favoured coworkers and friends. But Valentine’s Day in Australia is mostly just for partners in a romantic relationship. In addition to romantic dinners, couples in love in Australia might give each other chocolates, roses, bottles of wine, or cards. (If you give chocolates to every girl you know for Valentine’s Day, you may find yourself in a bit of trouble J )

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Of course, not everyone is in a romantic relationship. Many people are single, windowed, divorced, or uninterested in romantic relationships (And everyone deserves a day especially for eating chocolate!). So, some people decide to celebrate other types of love on Valentine’s day, such as love for friends and family. In addition to couples at restaurants, you may see groups of young women out, dressed up in their most beautiful clothes, having a “Gal*-entines Day” celebration. They might even buy each other cards, roses, champagne and desserts in order to say “I am thankful to have you as my friend.”

Whether you have a new crush on* someone at school, are in love with your spouse of many years, or just thankful for the love of your best friends, make sure to tell your loved ones “Happy Valentine’s Day” today!

*Gal- slang word for girl.

*To have a crush on- when you like or are attracted to someone you know