Valentine’s Day in Argentina

On 14th February in Argentina and Chile they celebrate the ‘Day of those in love’, a day in which partners (casual, engaged or married) celebrate love and their union with one another. In Argentina they also celebrate the Day of Spring and the Student. On this day it is customary to exchange cards, flowers, chocolates and teddy bears. This date marks the beginning of the season of Spring.

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February 14th in Spain

In Spain, they started to celebrate Valentine’s day in the middle of the 20th century, to create an incentive to buy presents. Often it is claimed that the celebration was introduced by the department store, El Corte Inglés. In Valencia it is celebrated on 9th October, on the feast day of Saint Dionis and in Catalonia the 23rd April is celebrated, as it is the feast day of Saint George, the Catalan patron saint.

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Valentine’s Day in the UK

In the United Kingdom during the 17th century, the celebration of Valentine’s Day became widespread. In the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange love notes written by hand. At the end of this century, printed cards started to replace these letters. In this period, Americans also adopted the tradition and in the 1840s, Esther A. Howland started to sell the first mass-produced Valentine’s day cards.

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