Happy February! Here’s what’s new this month at CultureALL. Click the links to read the articles in our February 2017 newsletter:
- Zoom in On Culture: Learn about our spring Photo Ethnography program with students from East, Hoover Lincoln, and Valley High Schools
- You’re Never Too Old to Learn: Find out about our new educational program for seniors
- Meet CultureALL Board member Renee Hardman
- Read our Donor Spotlight on Bankers Trust – one of the sponsor of Zoom in On Culture
- Get the scoop on some of the awesome entertainment and activities being planned for CultureALL’s Brazilian Ball
Valentine’s Day Traditions Around The World
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – here are some ways this holiday is celebrated around the world.
- In Denmark: friends and lovers are given white pressed flowers called “snowdrops.”
- In South Africa: women literally wear their hearts on their sleeves by pinning a paper or scrap of fabric with the name of their beloved to their sleeve. (What better way to let a boy know you like him?)
- In Wales: there is a very old tradition for a single man to intricately carve and decorate a wooden spoon to give to a girl as an invitation for courtship. Today, although few people do their own carving, Welsh “love spoons” are still given on Valentine’s Day. (They are also popular engagement and wedding presents.)
- In Italy: a more recent popular custom for couples is to hang a padlock on a bridge, railing, lamppost, or other structure and throw away the key to symbolize their “everlasting love.” (The custom is less popular, however, with the local authorizes who have to go around cutting off the locks the next day.)
- In South Korea, Valentine’s Day is celebrated “Sadie Hawkins” style with the women giving gifts to their loved ones on February 14. The men reciprocate on White Day on March 14, and on April 14 there is even a Black Day celebration for single people who didn’t get anything in February or March to “eat their feelings” with comfort food.
What will You do to celebrate?
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