As you’ve probably noticed, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’ve been thinking about what Valentine’s Day means to different people – for some, it’s an over-commercialised Greetings Card Holiday, but for many others it’s an opportunity to show someone special how much they mean to them. Mr Clasp London and I use it as an excuse to exchange a token gift and enjoy a nice dinner and bottle of fizz together – it’s a reminder to put time aside for each other, which sometimes gets overlooked in our busy lives.
Originating in France and first celebrated in the 1700s, Valentine’s Day now has varying meanings and is celebrated in different ways around the world. For example, did you know that in Japan, women give chocolates to the men in their life, and a great deal of thought goes into the type of confectionary offered – either inexpensive giri choko or ‘obligation chocolate’ (given to co-workers and classmates), or honmei choko (“true feeling chocolate”), saved for someone more special. The favour is returned a month later on March 14th when men give chocolates or token gifts to their lovers.
The Germans celebrate V-Day with pigs – yes, you did read that correctly. You will find the typical paraphernalia associated with the holiday there – hearts, chocolates and so forth, but you will also find little statues of pigs, offered as a symbol of luck, but also of lust.
In Colombia, the day is celebrated in the third week of September and is known as ‘Amor Y Amistad’, meaning love and friendship. I love the idea of celebrating friendship as well as romantic love, because friends are such an important part of our lives. It would be great to drop a surprise gift to a friend to show just how much they mean to you and make Valentine’s Day that bit more inclusive. The Petite Hummingbird Stud Earrings (shown above) would make a sweet and thoughtful gift for a friend. It was also suggested to me recently that on Valentine’s Day we should also be think about self-love and reminding ourselves that often we give a lot to others but forget ourselves sometimes. So perhaps it’s an excuse to treat yourself to that special something you’ve been eyeing up for a while!
So whether you’re thinking about your partner, your best friend or a bit of self-care, think about showing someone your affection this Valentine’s Day. Let’s spread the love!