Love Holidays from Around the World

10. Dydd Santes Dwynwen – Wales

The Welsh patron saint of lovers, St. Dwynwen, is celebrated throughout Wales every year on January 25th. Dwynwen was a woman who lived in the 5th century and became a nun because her father would not permit her to marry the man that she loved. She founded a church known as Llanddwyn off the coast of Anglesey, and legend has it that there’s a magical well on the island with a sacred fish whose movements can be used to divine the future.

Even if you can’t make it to Llanddwyn, this Dydd Santes Dwynwen, celebrate the holiday by mailing out Welsh greeting cards. There are tons distributed in Welsh grocery stores by the Welsh language board every year.

11. Dia del Amor y Amistad

In South and Central America, February 14th is more than just a celebration of romantic relationships. Instead of Valentine’s Day, this day is called El Dia del Amor y Amistad (the Day of Love and Friendship), and all forms of love are celebrated.

Giving flowers and chocolates to your partner or spouse is common, but in countries like Colombia and Mexico, people are also encouraged to send balloons, candies, or flowers to their platonic friends. The streets are full of stalls selling treats, so it’s easy to pick up presents for your family and friends.

12. Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – Ireland

Although the rural Irish town of Lisdoonvarna is tiny, every year tens of thousands of people overwhelm the teeny village when they pour in for the annual Matchmaking Festival. Lisdoonvarna is the home of Willie Daly, Ireland’s last traditional matchmaker, and it’s rumored that if you touch his lucky matchmaking book with both hands, you’ll be married within six months. Although the festival started off small, it’s now a month-long party with plenty of live entertainment, dancing, and matchmaking events.

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