Valentine's Day 2019: Who was St Valentine and what is the true meaning behind February 14?

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In Denmark, couples exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops while in the Philippines, weddings and vow renewal ceremonies significantly increase on the romantic day, with couples gathering at shopping centres and other public places to tie the knot.

In South Africa, women wear their hearts on their sleeves on Valentine’s Day, quite literally, by pinning the names of their love interests to their shirts.

China celebrate its own version of Valentine’s Day called Qiki, during which young women prepare offerings of fruit to Zhinu, a heavenly king’s daughter, in the hope of finding their perfect match.

In Brazil, they celebrate Dia dos Namorados, translating as “Lovers’ Day”, on June 12, with music festivals and performances, while in Argentina, they celebrate love for an entire week during July, in what is called “Sweetness Week”.

Single on Valentine’s Day and looking for love?

If you’re single and looking for love, look no further than online dating. Any stigma which may have surrounded searching for love online has been banished, and meeting for a mid-week Tinder date is no longer something people feel they have to lie about.

But given how much choice is out there, how can you separate the wheat from the chaff? We’ve selected the top 20 dating apps to help you find your perfect match.



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