Posted on 14th January, 2016

Valentine’s Day Traditions

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we can’t help but start to get excited for the most romantic holiday of the year! The most well-known St Valentine’s tradition is the giving of gifts, flowers and cards to loved ones, but as the day is celebrated in various countries worldwide, it’s no wonder that there are many different traditions that take place across the globe on February 14th.

The day as we know it is all about spoiling your sweetheart with thoughtful gifts, romantic candle-lit dinners and cheesy Valentine’s cards. However traditions in other countries can be very different. In Denmark it is customary for men to give their lovers a gaekkebrev, a ‘joking letter’ of a funny poem or rhyme written on intricately cut paper and signed only with anonymous dots, and if they can correctly guess the sender, they have earned themselves an Easter egg for later in the year! In South Korea, February 14th is the day when women shower their men with chocolates, candies and flowers; then on March 14th the tables turn and men are expected to return the favour with lavish gifts. If you head to South Africa on Valentine’s Day, you can expect women to be wearing their heart on their sleeves – quite literally! Women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient roman tradition known as Lupercalia.

Valentine’s Day is ultimately the perfect excuse to pamper and treat your loved ones, and show them just how much they mean to you. Treat your Valentine to something special this year, with a visit to the Bull Hotel. Our beautifully landscaped gardens, 150 peaceful bedrooms, and cosy lounge bar make it the perfect setting for a romantic retreat. With our Valentine’s Overnight Package, you can celebrate with a complimentary bottle of Champagne in your room, a 4-course dinner in the Beeches Restaurant, English breakfast and a late check out – perfect if you are looking for an intimate weekend break.

To find out more information about our Valentine’s offers, visit our offers pages or call us on 01753 202919.

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