LOVE SEASON | 7 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

In the United States, Valentine’s Day means cards, flowers, and hard-to-sang dinner reservation. As the Western holiday has spread around the world, many cultures have put their own spin on it. Some of these traditions – such as mass weddings in the Philippines – are charming, while others – like obligatory gift – giving in Japan – inspire feedings that are less than warm and fuzzy. When Valentine’s Day arrives of February 14, these are some ways lovebirds around will be celebrating.

Denmark Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Poems and Codes

Valentine’s Day in Denmark is a chance for secret admirers to express their feeling with a twist. Instead of sending straightforward love letters, men in Denmark send funny poems called gaekkebrev to the objects of their affection. The paper – cut notes are signed anonymously with a line of dots at the bottom, one for each letter in the sender’s name if recipients can guess their secret admirer’s identity based on this clue alone, the sender owes them an Easter egg.

In Japan, it’s tradition for women to give men sweets on Valentine’s Day

In the 1950s, a chocolate company introduced Valentine’s Day to Japan in hopes of chasing in on the Western tradition. But something got lost in translation. Instead of showing more conventional images of men gifting chocolate to the ladies in their lives, early ads insisted Valentine’s Day was a chance for women to buy chocolate for men. The suggestion resonated with people, and today it’s a vital part of Japanese Valentine’s celebrations. The custom isn’t limited to romantic partners. In a practice known as giri choco (translated as “obligation chocolates”) women are expected to buy chocolates for the men in their lives on February 14, including their male coworkers. This gets as expensive and socially complicated as you might expect, and it has become so unpopular with women that many workplaces have banned giri choco altogether. If Japanese women are dreading Valentine’s Day, they can look forward to White Day on March 14, when men return the favor with gifts of their own.

In South Africa, Women Pin Their Valentine’s Name To Their Sleeves

People in South Africa literally wear their hearts on their hearts on their sleeves on Valentine’s Day. It’s become a tradition for women there to write down  the name of their lovers – or their secret crushes – and pin it to their shirt sleeves. It’s believed the custom was inspired by Lupercalia, a rowdy ancient Roman fertility festival that also fell in mid-February.

Thousands Of People Get Married On Valentine’s Day In The Philippines

Valentine’s Day is a popular wedding anniversary in the Philippines. Each year, in honor of the holiday, local governments host mass weddings for couples who may be able to afford a more traditional wedding ceremony on their own. These events are usually president over by local government officials. In 2019, the mayor of the City of Dasmarinas married around 500 couples at once.

In Wales, Lovers Traditionally Gift Each Other Symbolic Spoons

The Welsh version of Valentine’s Day is Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen’s Day, and is celebrated on January 25. The most distinct aspect of the holiday, which honors the Welsh patron saint of lovers, involves exchanging love spoons. There are exactly what they sound like: fancy wooden spoons carved with symbols representing the gifter’s love. It’s believed  the tradition may have started with Welsh sailors courting prospective wives, and it’s still used as a romantic gesture is Wales today. Handcrafted love spoons can sell online for between $50 and $100.

Valentine’s Day In Estonia Is About Friendship

Valentine’s Day in the United States is all about couples but in Estonia, singles aren’t left out. Their version of the holiday is called Friends Day, and friendship is treated as just as worthy a cause for celebration as romantic love. If they are looking for a love connection, single people can ride a special “love bus” that shuttles them around with other eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

El Salvador Celebrates Valentine’s Day With A Loving Twist On Secret Santa.

El Salvadorians celebrate Valentine’s Day with a game called “Secret Friend”. Anyone who’s participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange around Christmastime will recognize it. A group, such as a class of kids, writes everyone’s name on pieces of paper and draws slips. The name someone picks is the person they have to buy a gift for by Valentine’s Day. The tradition has a sentimental spin that sets it apart from Secret Santa, though: When it’s time to gift, the giver must say one kind thing about the recipient.


Royal Mint Makes Its Biggest Ever Coin For Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee

PARIS, France – Britain’s Royal Mint has produced its biggest ever coin to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, a 15 kilogram (33.07 lb) giant commissioned by a private collector. The coin, which has a diameter of 22m mm (8.7 inches) and is made of fine gold, took 400 hours to craft and is worth 15,000 … Continue reading Royal Mint Makes Its Biggest Ever Coin For Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee

Adriana Lima Delivers A Glamorous Maternity Moment At Cannes

CANNES, France – The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is well under way in France, and we’ve already seen the world premiere of Top Gun: Maverick (starring Tom Cruise). On the red carpet, celebrities like Jennifer Connelly, Viola Davis and Eva Longoria all made stylish cameos – but it was supermodel Adriana Lima who truly shut … Continue reading Adriana Lima Delivers A Glamorous Maternity Moment At Cannes

Parthenon Fragment From Italy Can Stay In Greece ‘Forever’, Greek Ministry Says

ATHENS – A marble fragment of the Parthenon temple will be permanently returned to Athens from a museum in Italy, a significant move for Greece witch has stepped up its campaign for the return of the sculptures from its most renowned ancient monument. The ‘Fagan fragment’ is a 35 – by – 31 – centimetre … Continue reading Parthenon Fragment From Italy Can Stay In Greece ‘Forever’, Greek Ministry Says

Jill Biden Will Meet Ukrainian Refugees In Romania, Slovakia On Mother’s Day

WASHINGTON – United States first lady Jill Biden plans to leave Washington on Thursday for a whirlwind tour of Romania and Slovakia to highlight the U.S. commitment to Ukrainian refugees over Mother’s Day weekend. The wife of President Joe Biden was due to meet U.S. service members and embassy personnel, displaced Ukrainian parents and children, … Continue reading Jill Biden Will Meet Ukrainian Refugees In Romania, Slovakia On Mother’s Day

One & Only Spa At One & Only Mandarin, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

PARIS, France – Among the impressive nod to low – impact at One & Only’s Pacific Coast location is the layout of its 27,000 – square – foot spa, which was designed around a large higuera blanca (while fig tree). Like the rest of the property’s 105 freestanding villas that have been built into the … Continue reading One & Only Spa At One & Only Mandarin, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Faberge Celebrates The Eid With Hilal Crescent Collection

PARIS, France – Faberge, the world’s most iconic artist jeweller, is shining a light on the latest additions to the Crescent collection. Comprising of Pendant, Earrings and Ring, the capsule collection has been named Hilal, after the Arabic term for crescent moon. The trio of elegant accessories bring both beauty and spiritual guidance to its … Continue reading Faberge Celebrates The Eid With Hilal Crescent Collection

Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Ukraine Visit, Meets Children

BUCHAREST, Romania – Hollywood actress and U.N. humanitarian Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, the Lviv region governor said on Telegram. According to Maksym Kozytshyy, Jolie – who has been a UNHCR Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011 – had come to speak with displaced people … Continue reading Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Ukraine Visit, Meets Children

Meghan Markle’s Animated Netflix Show ‘Pearl’ Has Been Cancelled

PARIS, France – Duchess Meghan’s animated series will no longer premiere on Netflix. The streaming giant has cancelled plans to premiere the project created and executive produced by the Duchess of Sussex as part of her and Prince Harry’s landmark production dea. Tentatively titled Pearl, the show would have followed the adventures of a 12 … Continue reading Meghan Markle’s Animated Netflix Show ‘Pearl’ Has Been Cancelled

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Noami Osaka’s Hit Suncare Brand, KINLO, Is Now Available At Walmart

PARIS, France – For sun seekers, beachgoers, and everyone in between, keeping your skin protected against harmful UVA and UVB rays just got a whole lot easier. Announced today, tennis champion Noami Osaka’s sun – and skincare brand, KINLO, is exclusively partnering with Walmart to expand its offerings online and in 2,500 stores nationwide. ‘Naomi … Continue reading Noami Osaka’s Hit Suncare Brand, KINLO, Is Now Available At Walmart

Helen Mirren Graces Cover Of People’s ‘Beautiful Issue’

PARIS, France – Helen Mirren graces People magazine’s ‘The Beautiful Issue’ in a cover story that touches on her thoughts of beauty and how the Oscar winner still gets nervous before filming a role. The magazine on Wednesday revealed the cover of the annual issue, which hits newsstands Friday. The 76 – year – old … Continue reading Helen Mirren Graces Cover Of People’s ‘Beautiful Issue’

Ferragamo, Amazon Say They Helped China Seize Counterfeits In Zheijang

MILAN – Italy’s Salvatore Ferragamo and Amazon said on Tuesday Chines authorities had seized counterfeit products in the Zheijang province, following a global investigation in which the luxury group and the online retailer cooperated. Chinese official raided a warehouse, seizing hundreds of counterfeits of Ferragamo’s iconic Gancini and buckles after the producer’s attempt to sell … Continue reading Ferragamo, Amazon Say They Helped China Seize Counterfeits In Zheijang

Queen Elizabeth’s 96Th Birthday Marked With Gun Salute And New Photograph

LONDON – The 96th birthday of Queen Elizabeth will be marked on Thursday with gun salutes, the release of a Barbie doll and a new photograph showing Barbie doll and a new photograph showing Britain’s longest serving monarch with two white ponies at Windsor Castle. Government minister joined members of the royal family in sending … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth’s 96Th Birthday Marked With Gun Salute And New Photograph

6 Easy – And Effective – Tricks To Maintaining Healthy, Glowing Skin During Ramadan

PARIS, France – Keeping your skin healthy during Ramadan is must, as fasting can leave the skin feeling more dehydrated than usual. Ass in the sweltering heat, and you may just end up with a recipe for disaster. This month, Dr. Kayle Aesthetic Clinic’s very own beautician, Manal El Hage, shares some key tips on … Continue reading 6 Easy – And Effective – Tricks To Maintaining Healthy, Glowing Skin During Ramadan

Your Personality Can Protect Or Age Your Brain, Study Finds

PARIS, France – Certain personality traits may be a key factor in whether people develop mild cognitive impairment later in life, a new study found. Being more conscientious and extroverted keeps mild cognitive impairment at bay longer, while having higher levels of neuroticism increases the chances of cognitive decline, according to a study published Monday … Continue reading Your Personality Can Protect Or Age Your Brain, Study Finds

Diets With Too Much Meat May Cause Health Problems, Low Testosterone In Men: Study

PARIS, France – A new study suggests that having a diet with too much protein can cause serious health problems in men. This means that many low carbohydrate diets can have a negative effect on men’s testosterone and cortisol. Nutritionists Joseph Whittaker and Miranda Harris published their study in Nutrition and Health, an academic journal. … Continue reading Diets With Too Much Meat May Cause Health Problems, Low Testosterone In Men: Study

Marilyn Monroe Family Secrets Revealed In new Documentary ‘Marilyn, Her Final Secret’: Report

PARIS, France – In a new documentary titled, ‘Marilyn, Her Final Secret’, shows the latest peek into Monroe’s life and claims to answer one major question, the identity of her biological father. According to Variety, Label News concluded filming on the new 1 – hour documentary, which included a DNA test to help identify Monroe’s … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe Family Secrets Revealed In new Documentary ‘Marilyn, Her Final Secret’: Report

Drinking 2-3 Cups Of Coffee Daily Could Benefit The Heart, Studies Say

PARIS, France – Drinking two or three cups of coffee every day may benefit the heart, according to studies being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 71st Annual Scientific Session. The American College of Cariology said Thursday that consumption of the caffeinated beverage is associated with a lower risk of hear disease and dangerous … Continue reading Drinking 2-3 Cups Of Coffee Daily Could Benefit The Heart, Studies Say

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Catches COVID -Palace

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth, 95, has tested positive for COVID and is experiencing mild symptoms but expect to continue high duties this week, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday. ‘The queen has today tested positive for COVID’ the Palace said. ‘Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor … Continue reading Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Catches COVID -Palace

Eating More Legumes Can Help Add 10 Years To Your Life, Researchers Say

PARIS, France – Choosing legumes over red meat could help increase a person’s life expectancy by more than a decade, according to researchers. In a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, a team from the University of Bergen in Norway found that prolonged changes from a typical Western diet to ‘optimizing diets’ could ‘translate … Continue reading Eating More Legumes Can Help Add 10 Years To Your Life, Researchers Say

Oxford Scientists To Study Effects Of COVID Variants, Shots In Pregnancy

PARIS, France – Oxford University scientists said on Tuesday they would evaluate the effects of new coronavirus variants on pregnant women and newborns, as well as COVID-19 vaccination effects on complications during pregnancy and after birth. The study comes less than a year after the university found that pregnant women with COVID-19 and their newborn … Continue reading Oxford Scientists To Study Effects Of COVID Variants, Shots In Pregnancy

Many Babies Of mRNA – Vaccinated Moms Have Antibodies At 6 Months

PARIS, France – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Many babies have maternal mRNA – vaccine antibodies at 6 months. At six months of age, babies to mothers vaccinated … Continue reading Many Babies Of mRNA – Vaccinated Moms Have Antibodies At 6 Months

COVID Vaccination During Pregnancy Help Protect Babies After Birth – U.S. Study

PARIS, France – Vaccinating pregnant women against the coronavirus may help prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations in infants after they are born, especially if the expecting mother got the shots later in their pregnancy, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. The findings shed light on whether the benefits of vaccination during pregnancy extend to infants who would be … Continue reading COVID Vaccination During Pregnancy Help Protect Babies After Birth – U.S. Study

EU Investigates Reports Of Menstrual Disorders After mRNA COVID Shots

PARIS, France – The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee said on Friday it was reviewing reports of heavy menstrual bleeding and absence of menstruation from women who had received COVID vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna. The assessment was in view of reports of menstrual disorders after receiving either of the two vaccines, both … Continue reading EU Investigates Reports Of Menstrual Disorders After mRNA COVID Shots

Antibodies In Breast Milk Remain For 10 Months After Covid Infection – Study

Breastfeeding women how have been infected with Covid – 19 continue to secrete virus – neutralising antibodies into their milk for up to 10 months, data suggests. Besides emphasising the important role breastfeeding could play in helping to protect infants from the disease, researchers believe that such antibodies could be used to treat people with … Continue reading Antibodies In Breast Milk Remain For 10 Months After Covid Infection – Study

Changes To Menstrual Cycle After Covid Vaccination Should Be Investigated, Says Expert

Paris / France – A potential link between changes in the menstrual cycle after having been vaccinated against Covid should be investigates, an expert has written in a newly published report. Thousands of women have reported changes in the periods after getting jabbed, such as their cycle running late and heavier or unexpected flows. These … Continue reading Changes To Menstrual Cycle After Covid Vaccination Should Be Investigated, Says Expert

Azzedine Alaia’s Parisian Residence And Atelier Are Explored In This New Documentary

Paris / France – – Late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alia’s Parisian home has become the subject of a new documentary, ‘Azzedine Alaia, 18 Rue de la Verrerie Paris’, Directed by Nathalie Plicot and narrated by French actor Isabelle Huppert, the 27 – minute film gives a rare glimpse into Alaia’s 4,000 – square – meter home. The … Continue reading Azzedine Alaia’s Parisian Residence And Atelier Are Explored In This New Documentary

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