Valentine's Day All Over the World

by Joseph McKeown


Here in New York City three couples were married at the Empire State Building. Elsewhere, Italians celebrated in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis. The French, who "claim the Valentine’s Day card originated in France when Charles, Duke of Orleans, sent love letters to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415," go out to restaurants, apparently. The British, usually so bold and upfront, send Valentine's Day cards anonymously. In Saudi Arabia celebrating Valentine's Day is prohibited. In Estonia Valentine's Day is Friends Day. In Latvia nine couples went bungee jumping "nearly" naked. In Pakistan students fought. In Beijing men wearing pig masks carried their girlfriends on their backs in a race to be selected as finalists during a kissing contest. The winner got an iPhone 5S. Whatever you may be doing, happy Valentine's Day.