Though celebrating Valentine's Day has only become popular within the last few decades in Germany, there are several traditions the Germans have taken on whole-heartedly. This includes giving cards, sweet treats and flowers to their loved ones on this special day.
The origins of both the man known as Valentinus and the celebration itself are obscure. Little is known about the Roman (or Romans) who may have been a bishop in Terni or a priest in Rome. Although several legends have arisen around the Christian martyr Valentinus, there is no historical evidence that connects him to lovers or today's Feb. 14 Valentine celebration. As in the case of other Christian celebrations, Valentine's Day is more likely based on the pagan Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia that took place in mid-February. The Lupercalia only ended in 495 when it was banned by the Pope.
Both countries do love big and colorful parties, but the traditions at home do vary a bit between the Unites states and here in Germany.
The big rush before the party starts, and the shopping madness is international; and even in the capital of holidays, Germany, the 31st of December is a normal working day. Although most stores close early.
Once the guests arrive, the party takes off with music, good food and plenty of drinks to keep you happy. While the American party will most likely have the TV tuned to New York, for the big celebrations, Germans usually like it a little cozier with a timeless classic, the sketch “Dinner for One.” James, a clumsy Butler, trips repeatedly over the tiger’s head.
In case you haven't noticed, Germans love to party and will find whatever reason they can to have another little Fest or celebration. A Guy cutting up his coat?! Sounds like a reason for celebration! No really, let me introduce you to Saint Martin’s day:
St. Martin’s day originated in France and then spread all through Middle and Eastern Europe.
Originally only a Catholic holiday, St Martin’s Day was named after Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who later became the third Bishop of Tours. He was known for sharing his winter coat with a poor beggar that was out in the freezing cold, so Martin took his sword and cut his coat in half, handing the other half to the cold man. St. Martin was known for being a kind hearted, and he cared for children and the poor.