Valentine's Day has become a great day of celebration in Scotland. It is celebrated on 14th of February every year. Valentines Day is the time to have fun not only for the adults but also for the children. St. Valentines Day has emerged as an important festival of Scotland in recent times. Anxiety and enthusiasm is same as for any other festival. People dedicate the day to their love and wish to be together forever.
In Scotland, Valentine Day has a very simple and sweet tradition associated with it. People deliver cards to their near and dear ones with special Valentine messages. These cards are popularly known as “Valentines” and are sent anonymously. Cards are designed with artificial hearts, red color and Valentine special symbols to reflect love and trust. Everyday people eagerly wait for the postman's arrival when Valentine's day is near.
Craze and passion for Valentine's Day is much visible in Scottish schools as well. Children celebrate the day by making Valentine cards and filling them with valentine rhymes. Sometimes, they also write poems on the envelope to speed up the delivery by the postman.
Another very important and enthusiastically followed tradition is the search of Valentine date. According to this Scottish custom, the first young man or woman encountered on the street or elsewhere on Valentine's Day becomes his or her Valentine and the day is celebrated with them.
Valentine's Day celebrations is not a grand affair in Scotland. People prefer small get-togethers or a romantic candlelight dinner. They exchange gifts and cards with their loved ones to make them feel special.
Various games are played in Scottish Valentine parties. In a most popular game, an equal number of men and women are made to write their names on a piece of paper which is then folded and placed into a hat. One hat is for ladies and the other one is for men. The female then draws one name from the men's hat and the chosen man has to stick with his Valentine throughout the party. Later on, gifts are exchanged and Valentine's Day is greeted with hugs and kisses. Such wonderful Valentine games often result in unusual marriages.