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Happy Valentine's Day

How adorable is this Valentine I received from my friends at Helping Hands?!

Feb 2011 019 
Yes, those are little Capuchin hand prints (more on the cards here; they have non-holiday ones, too, that are great for everyday use, and proceeds go toward monkey training).

Sure, cards, flowers, and candy are tradition around these parts, but not in other parts of the world. This month's Fast Company  magazine highlights a few alternatives:

  • In Saudi Arabia,sales of Valentine's Day gifts, including roses and candy, are banned. Some florists deliver in the night, and black-market flower prices rise 500%.
  • In Denmark, suitors send anonymous handmade notes called gaekkebrev on Valentine's Day. If the identity is guessed correctly, the note maker must also gift an Easter egg on Easter.
  • Women in Japan give chocolate to their boyfriends and male friends on Valetine's Day. Men reciprocate a month later by gifting white chocolate on White Day.

What's your Valentine tradition?



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