14 Feb 2012

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää!!

By far my favorite way to celebrate Valentines day is the Finnish way.
They call it "Ystävänpäivä" (I know, it almost hurts my mouth) which literally means "Friends day" and as you may guess, it is a day to celebrate friendship.
While in other countries it is a day exclusive for lovers, in Finland the friends send cards and gifts to each other, which in my opinion makes much more sense.

Here in Italy I saw many stores displaying the joy of Valentine's day in their windows, with red hearts, fluffy teddy bears and all that cheesy stuff... but then I saw this sign outside an old bookstore:

In English: 
14th of February
Valentines Day
A book is the only gift that
can be opened many times

Are things like this that keep me from losing all hope in humanity.

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää!! Happy Friends day!!

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