Chinese convey the special romance and tender love to their beloved ones in Valentine's Day, a traditionally western festival, in unique ways. Sweethearts, with smile on faces, send gifts to each other, which symbolize love, friendship and even marriage.
Sweethearts: Valentine's Day in Chinese way
Hand-in-hand sweethearts could be seen everywhere in the warm sunny Valentine's Day in downtown Beijing. At Tian'anmen Square, lovers had photos taken to mark the occasion. Several college students said that it was very important for them to celebrate Valentine's Day there.
"Today is the anniversary of our marriage, and we feel very happy to celebrate it here. We have a good time here in China," said a UK couple who was taking photos in front of the Monument to the People's Heroes.
In Chaoyang Park in eastern Beijing, a gentleman from Germany passed a Chinese knot and six well-packed Friendlies, the official mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to her girl friend. "I am a half Chinese, because my girl friend is a native Chinese. Gifts from China best represent my love towards her and even towards China," said the German gentleman while holding his Chinese girl friend in arms.
Businessmen: Try everything possible to create romance
Valentine's Day is a golden business opportunity as businessmen are trying to do everything possible to create romance. Well-packed chocolate gift box in supermarkets and department stores, red, yellow and white roses in follower shops as well as lovers walking along the street with roses in hands added more romance and sweetness to Beijing.
At Oriental Plaza in Wangfujing Street, an entirely new sort of kissing contest has drawn numerous customers. Bold expression of love and passionate kiss by contesters won bursts of cheers from the viewers.
In other parts of Beijing, customers were all intoxicated with the zealous dances and lively music. Pubs have been decorated anew for the lovers. "As Chinese, we should have our own interpretation of Valentine's Day. Lanterns are associated with auspiciousness and happiness and we hung lanterns over the gate with hope of flourishing love and sweet love, "said one there.
Apart from those, bookstores also made thorough preparation for the festival. Wangfujing Book Store launched the activity of "Romance of Books on Valentine's Day". All the customers who brought books would get chocolate and roses as gifts. "We not only find the book we like but also receive the sincere wish on this special day, " customers said.
Locals: Varied opinions towards Valentine's Day
Romantic lovers and zealous businessmen are the role in Valentine's Day. A pair of college students in love said that they quite agree with the festival which gave them a chance to express love. But for the old, it would not be so exciting. "I don not know what Valentine's Day is, and that is for the young. I am quite old-fashioned," said a granny.
Most people believed that Valentine's Day is an occasion to express love. "Although originated in the west, Valentine's Day can be celebrated in China as globalization has become increasingly intense. Such a romantic festival can improve the exchanges of feelings among the people," said a translator in Beijing.
A lady in her 40s chose a tie and a bundle of roses for her husband on the occasion. "Our love is still young though we are middle-aged."
By People's Daily Online