On Valentine’s Day in South Africa, young women will pin the name of their crush to their sleeve for all to see — it’s an homage to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. In Estonia, friendship rather than romantic love is traditionally celebrated on February 14. And in the Philippines, the day is a popular occasion for mass weddings where hundreds, sometimes even thousands, tie the knot in unison in huge, government-sponsored events.
We’re so glad Vashi created this charming guide to the world’s unusual and romantic Valentine’s Day traditions. The illustrations are by Marie Muravski.