6x the most extraordinary Valentine’s Day traditions worldwide

Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Gifting chocolate and red roses seem the obvious choice, but they’re not proof of affection for your partner everywhere in the world. Elsewhere, Valentine’s Day traditions are slightly different. We have listed 6x the most extraordinary traditions worldwide. Do you want to make your own traditions? Inntel Hotels has several Specials to surprise your love in an original way too.

The becoming of Valentine’s Day in St Valentin, France

Saint Valentin was the first village that celebrated Valentine’s Day. From February 12-14th, this small town feasts for love. Formerly it was a heidens party for ‘lust’ and physical appearance. But since the Roman-Catholic church adjusted the festival, it’s one for true lovers.

Snowflakes and flowers in Romania

On the 24th of February, Romania has a day off for the celebration of Dragobete. On this day, boys and girls give snowflakes or flowers to the person they’re courting. It also symbolises the end of winter and the start of spring. Hence the snowflakes and flowers. Another tradition on this day is stepping over your partner’s foot. This will show who is the dominant person in the relationship.

Mass-weddings in the Philippines

Thousands of couples marry each other all at once(!) on the holiday of love in the Philippines. New, and already married couples join together to say I do. Married couples take the opportunity to renew their vows. A mass-wedding has many advances; such as free flowers, wedding cakes, catering and sometimes even rings.

The meaning of flowers in Taiwan

In Taiwan, they have two days on which they celebrate love. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on both the 14th of February and the 7th of July.  Just like here, many Taiwanese men choose to give roses. However, according to Taiwanese tradition,  the colour and number of roses have a meaning. For example, a red rose means “my only love”, eleven roses mean “my favourite”, 99 roses mean “forever” and 108 roses mean “marry me”.

Friends Day in Finland & Estonia

In Finland and Estland they celebrate Friends Day. So It is not all about lovers, it’s about friendship in general. The Fins named the day ystävänpäivä; the Estonians talk about sõbrapäev. We’ll just keep it to Friends Day.

Patience in Japan & South-Korea

On the 14th of February in South Korea, it’s the women that surprise their men. They spoil them with chocolates and wait for about 4 weeks to receive a gift in return. The men choose sweets above chocolates for their lovers. Singles who have not received anything have a separate day on which they eat black noodles and other black food items. Talk about wallowing in self-pity.

Festivals in Scotland

Scottish singles don’t have to eat black noodles on this day. Instead, they will go on a date. All sorts of festivals are organized where bachelors grab a note with a name from a large pot and are then linked to Valentine’s Day date.

City trip with Inntel Hotels
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Drinking champagne in the whirlpool with a view over the city or the beach? An evening boat tour and ending in the sauna? Enjoying a full course after a romantic walk on the Zaanse Schans? At Inntel Hotels we have various specials to spoil your Valentine with. View the possibilities here.

Valentine Special

Make your Valentine’s Day a memorable and unforgettable experience with the Valentine Special! At Inntel Hotels you’ll stay in a room with a king size bed, decorated with rose petals. The special includes a breakfast buffet and, of course, a bottle of sparkling wine at arrival.

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
‘In the heart of the city on a walking distance to all the cities highlights’
Overnight stay in a City Double Room | From 71,50 euro p.p.

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Landmark
‘Inspired by the rich, industrial history of the location’
Overnight stay in a City Comfort or City Double Panorama Room | From 75 euro p.p.

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
‘Stay in the world-famous Zaan houses’
Overnight stay in a Taste Deluxe or Craft Deluxe Room | From 60,50 euro p.p.

Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven
‘From light bulb to art’
Overnight stay in a Loft Room | From 64,50 euro p.p.

Inntel Hotels Den Haag Marina Beach
‘At the head of the northern pier’
Overnight stay in a Sea View Double or Sea View Double XL Room | From 61 euro p.p.

5-star Mainport by Inntel Hotels
‘Located on the banks of the river Maas’
Overnight stay in a City XL or Harbour Room | From 82,50 euro p.p.

Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre
‘In the centre, on the waterfront and at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge’
Overnight stay in a Waterfront Double Room | From 63 euro p.p.

Inntel Hotels Utrecht Centre
‘Follow the lines and curves of the city.’
Overnight stay in a City Double Room | From 70,50 euro p.p.

 You’ll be surprised.