Did you know that Valentine's Day isn't just about couples and candlelit dinners? Today, we'll show you four other ways people in English-speaking countries celebrate the holiday!
1. Giving Cards to Classmates
On Valentine's Day, elementary school children in the United States give each other Valentine's Day cards. They'll often attach some candy too. As an American member of our team shares:
I remember everyone would get a pack of Valentine's Day cards and write a little message on each of them for our classmates. We'd then put them in everyone's little "mailbox" in the back of the classroom.
It has even been estimated that 750 million cards are exchanged this way every year!
2. Spending Time With (Girl) Friends
More and more female friends are spending the day before Valentine's Day together. This is called "Galentine's" – a pun on "gal" (slang for "girl") and Valentine's. People might get drinks, go to a spa, or simply have a good time with each other.
Here's a Galentine's Day post by British actress Lucy Fallon.
3. Showing Some Love for the Elderly
Some people also use this day to show some love to the elderly. Last year, Irish police, also known as "Gardai", visited elderly locals in quarantine to give them Valentine's Day gifts.
Ennistymon Gardaí decided to bring some Valentines cheer while checking in elderly local residents who are currently not able to see family / friends.— Garda Info (@gardainfo) February 13, 2021
Gardaí delivered some flowers, chocolates, PPE and a Valentines card. #heretohelp #InThisTogether #ValentinesDay pic.twitter.com/keQZaSmmVi
4. Buying Gifts for Pets
More and more people feel their pets are their true Valentines. In fact, this Valentine's Day, Americans are expected to spend a record amount of $2 billion on their pets.
Friends! Mum gave us Valentine presents! Heart-shaped bowls and bandanas. Plus yummy Treats! Baby Dog loves me so much, he helped me eat mine... Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. We love you! ❤️ #valentinesday2021 #HappyValentinesDay2021 #CatsOfTwitter #dogsoftwitter #cats #dogs pic.twitter.com/YMhPDLaSo6— Malcolm the Cat (@Malcolm_theCat) February 14, 2021
What Do You Think?
What did you think about these non-romantic Valentine's Day celebrations? Share your thoughts with an Engoo tutor! Engoo has thousands of English tutors from over a hundred countries, so you can practice speaking English while discussing how Valentine's Day is celebrated around the world.
And for more related fun facts to discuss, check out these Engoo Daily News lessons:
- "One Couple Will Spend Valentine's Day in 'Juliet's House'"
- "Couple Chain Themselves Together for Three Months"
- "Love: A Chemical Explosion in Your Brain"
During your lessons, make sure to use the Valentine's Day-themed virtual background!