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How Do Italian's Celebrate Valentine's Day?

Discussion in 'General Discussion About Italy' started by Regina Juno, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. With Valentine's Day approaching, I was wondering if there are any Italian traditions for the day. Italy is primarily a Catholic country, so do they observe Feast of St. Valentine? Do they have stores filled with typical Valentines knick knacks like in the US? The stores in the states are filled with red and pink chocolate boxes and stuffed animals. You will also see a lot of red and pink clothing in shops.
     
  2. Italians celebrate it like everone else except you dont have to wonder if the male is going to forget or not as he wont forget and it will be romantic....if he knows whats good for him, lol! It is mostly chocolates, flowers and girly gifts that I have received but the real beauty in it is that thought was put into each gift.
     
  3. Italians do celebrate "San Valentino"!
    The first time I heard about Saint Valentine was years ago, in my home country, and everyone was kind of enraged because we had our own "lover's day", with our own traditions, but nobody cares about it anymore. Valentine's Day was always way more interesting and... err... copied from the Americans :D Or so most people thought...

    Actually, Saint valentine was a Roman Bishop, praised by the Catholics (and by the Orthodox Church and later on, by the Anglicans), and he is considered to be the patron saint of lovers and protector of epileptics. Yeah, nobody mentions the epileptics, people only care about the chocolates :) :) LOL

    So, to sum up, this Holiday is actually an Italian Holiday. It was first celebrated in Italy and, only later on, in other countries.

    But back to the point, yes, the stores are filled with chocolates, stuffed animals, red lingerie, red wine (something tells me wine is the most bought item of all! haha!) and other girly gifts, as tasha put it :p
     
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  4. Sounds like it's celebrated just like the American do it. I think the commercialization must have come from America, although the celebration is rooted in Italian and Catholic practices. Does anyone celebrate the religious aspect of it anymore? I know that the churches still decree the day. So, what do they actually do religiously?
     
  5. Well, actually, not everyone celebrates it quite the same. In Japan, girls give the chocolates, not boys. Boys can then reciprocate a month later, on March 14th (white day) by giving the girl(s?) a special gift to reciprocate.

    That's pretty much the only "different" tradition I've heard of concerning Valentine's, though.
     
  6. I once dated an Italian girl in the UK and she certainly appreciated the commercialized sentiment of Valentines Day! She kind of expected all the overt trappings of the day. Not in a bad way, it was just the way she had always been brought up to see it.
     
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    Italians are passionate people and it seems romance is in their blood. So, I can imagine that an Italian girl would want to be wined and dined on Valentine's Day. What kind of presents did she expect? Was it necessary to get something expensive? I know Italians do love designer things mainly because of the quality, so to give someone a present might be a little expensive.
     
  8. That's interesting. I know kids give chocolates where I'm from, and "admit" their crushes, and couples do coupley thing such as going to the restaurant or preparing a nice meal but I honestly never met someone who was "really into it". I saw it on TV and in movies, and yet I never could believe they really meant it so serious. Interesting!
     
  9. As far as I know of, Italians celebrate the holiday almost just like Americans do. Though fun fact about Saint Valentine! He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. Haha, like Rosie said, everybody cares about the love, engaged couples and happy marriages parts, not so much the bee keepers, epilepsy, or plague parts! ;)
     
  10. Interesting Valentines for the Chinese! Wow didn't know that and funny how cultures differ. I say bring on valentines everyday!!!
     
  11. This is actually a good question. I would think Italians celebrate it similar to how American celebrate it. Does anyone know if this is true? Do they do anything different there?
     
  12. Italians have a lot of great chocolates, clothing and perfumes, so I would think there would be no shortage of Valentines gifts for others. This is one of the things that you might be able to take advantage of should you be in Italy during Valentines Day.
     
  13. I too just assumed they would celebrate it in the same manner as people in the States or around the world. It probably depends on the individual, I imagine - I know here, some people are really into Valentines Day and will go all out with chocolates, flowers, fancy romantic dinners with champagne and other big gestures to show their love - and others think it's ridiculously commercialized and don't buy into the hype! I think it's probably the same in Italy!
     
  14. It's celebrated like anywhere else in the world. Romantic dinners are very common. Maybe some gifts. Sure, the American style is present. Although this holiday has the religious roots, it's now primary considered secular.
     
  15. Valentine's day is all about love. I wonder if other people can turn it for a different purpose. And if it is true, what would they celebrate on such a day?
     
  16. We celebrate Valentine's day or "San Valentino". I think the religious aspect of it has been lost nowadays. The shops are loaded with chocolates, plushies, huge red hearts and lots of girly gifts. Some people even buy expensive gifts as perfumes, jewelry or cell phones but whatever the gift is, it almost always comes with "Baci Perugina", they are small chocolates with a whole hazelnut inside, "Baci" means "kisses" and Perugina is the brand and they are a big deal on Valentine's day. Another big thing over here on Valentine's day is going to have dinner in a restaurant, usually a candlelight dinner with a lot of romance involved.
     
  17. I think that a lot of special times of the year have been ruined by commercialism, and that includes Valentine's day. Christmas and even Easter these days is all about what you are buying and how much your spending, rather than what it's supposed to be about.
     

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