Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Valentines Yet?

The house of many lights over on Park Avenue is already ready for the next holiday: St. Valentine's. As you may (or may not) recall, the owners celebrate many holidays -- and frankly all this warm red is quite welcome in the midst of the current cold wave. I suspect that the strings of lights that outline the house and fences serve more than one holiday. The red Valentine's lights plus the green St. Pat's lights certainly add up to Christmas colors, for example.

Here are some past displays I've photographed: July 4th Independence Day (plus St. Pat's) ... Halloween. I will try to catch more night pictures as the year's holidays roll across the calendar.

In the past ten or so years, Valentine's Day has caught on in such major non-European cultures as Japan and India. The Japanese celebrate St. Valentine's day in a rather unique fashion. Women give the men gifts of chocolate as well as other gifts. These gifts of chocolate are divided into two types: giri choco (obligatory chocolate) and honmei choco (chocolate for the man the woman is serious about). Giri choco is given by women to their superiors at work as well as to other male co-workers. It is not unusual for a woman to buy 20 to 30 boxes of this type of chocolate for distribution around the office as well as to men that she has regular contact with. But, according to this site, there's a Japanese twist to the celebration -- one month later to the day, Japanese men are expected to give chocolates to the women who previously gifted them.

The Indian version of Valentines Day -- not always pleasant -- is detailed in this article, while thumbnails of other international variations can be found here.


Sean Carter said...

It's always so nice to see people celebrating's such a grand thing...all the lights and celebration...a great thing...and well Valentines Day is the first event of the year..and a great one too...a day when love is celebrated....well on that note i'd like you to visit my blog sometime where i've posted a few things on valentines visit soon and enjoy all the love it's filled up with!!!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they have a generator or just a high elec bill?

Granny J said...

Good question -- one I never think of when I look at a thoroughly lit display.

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