Five ‘slightly-different’ ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Did you know Valentine’s Day is the biggest spend occasion for Australians after Christmas, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries?   This year, you might need a few ideas that break with the traditional dinner by candlelight at your local restaurant.  So here goes. 

Here are Beaumaris Rotary’s five ‘slightly-different’ ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

  • Learn a little French or Italian

Impress your loved one by mastering a few French or Italian phrases for Valentine’s Day.  French has long been known as the most romantic language.  Whereas Italian is known as the language of love. Here are a couple of examples you might practise for Valentine’s Day:

Je ne respire que pour toi.  I breathe only for you. (French)

Buon San Valentino, amore mio. Happy Valentine’s Day, my love. (Italian)

But if languages aren’t your thing, simply enjoy some favourite Tiramisu while  listening to Jimmy Fontana sing Il Mondo! 

  • Write a love letter

In Italy, Verona is known as the city of Romeo and Juliet. Valentine’s celebrations last four days, with heart lanterns lining the city and free concerts in the Piazza dei Signori. There is also a love-letter writing contest! 

Surely, you don’t need the spur of a competition to encourage you to write a love letter. But if you’re stuck for words, take inspiration from the song “Will you love me tomorrow?” sung by Amy Winehouse.

  • Follow a Japanese Valentine’s Day tradition

Shower your boyfriend, husband or lover with chocolates, cookies or sweet treats.  In Japan, women give chocolate gifts or Honmei chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day.

So, if you want to show true affection for someone, Japanese-style, it might be time to pop to your local farmers’ market to buy some sweet goodies.  Royal Avenue Farmers’ Market is open 8am-1pm on Saturday, 13 February. 

  • Remember your ex

Name a snake after your ex!  In February 2019, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo ran another of their eye-catching competitions. To enter, participants simply needed to explain why their ex deserved to have a snake named after them. The lucky winner had a brown snake named after their ex just in time for Valentine’s Day!

And if that doesn’t work for you, The Bronx Zoo in New York have a program for customers to name cockroaches after their current lovers in time for Valentine’s Day 2021. 

  • Celebrate being single

In China, they hold a Singles Day, or Double 11 day. It’s an annual retail sales event, targeted at the singles market on 11 November.  It is now marketed as an anti-Valentine’s Day where singles can splurge on themselves.  It’s a massive retail event that’s bigger than Black Friday!

So, go Chinese style; celebrate singledom and don’t be ashamed to splash out on yourself this Valentine’s Day. 

Now you’ve read our five ‘slightly-different’ ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, how will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? 

We’d love to hear from you.  For a casual catch up and to learn more about Rotary, please contact Megan: Tel: 0418 578 114

Megan’s our Beaumaris Rotary Membership Director.  The title sounds a little formal but trust us, she’s the friendliest person you’ll ever meet!