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Valentine’s Day: The weird and wonderful traditions from around the world

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Today is St. Valentine’s Day, a day when lovers express their love through gifts, and painting the town red- literally.

While the day may not be everybody’s piece of cake, it still remains popular centuries later.

Lovers the world over pull out all the stops in showcasing their romantic intentions:

A bath of chocolates!

Cheryl Minikes and Matthew Mandell, both 22, from Brooklyn, USA, got married on Valentine’s Day, 1995, in a bathtub full of hot chocolate.

In Hakone, Japan, there is a tradition of bathing in a chocolate-spa pool. The spa opens in mid January as a countdown to Valentine’s Day.

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Opposites Attract

Even animals “recognise” this day. In 2012, a ram in China was “entangled” with a female deer at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park, hitting the headlines. “Attempts to separate the animals have been unsuccessful,” reported EuroNews. “The wedding for the couple was then planned on Valentine’s Day.”

Take the Plunge

Over 200 couples participated in a community civil marriage on Valentine’s Day, 2013 in the city of Comas, northeast of Lima, Peru.

Love makes anything look better

This Valentine’s day poster covered a construction site near a mosque in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2013.

-Additional information from Euronews

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