Valentine’s Day is celebrated in modern China but of course without the day off (just like here). In Chinese, Valentine’s day is translated into “The Lover’s Day” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” is loosely pronounced as “Ching-ren (lover) jay (festival) kwai-ler (happy)”. It is a festival to the young people and has become as commercial as it can be.
In mainland China, conventional Valentine’s Day gifts are wine, fresh flowers, and chocolate, with chocolate being the most popular. Hazelnut chocolate means loyalty; almond chocolate, loveliness; liqueur chocolate, “get drunk with you”. Other popular gifts are sea shells, crystal, and jewelry. In recent years, more and more young people put their hands on DIY gifts, to make special things for the special person in their life. The high-tech ones of course, never miss the chance to send another text message. Here is one by a young man on last year’s Valentine’s Day:
Today is the first Valentine’s Day since we met.
I am sorry that I cannot be with you.
But we will be together for many Valentine’s Days to come.
Knowing you is the happiest thing in my life.
Ching-ren jay kwai-ler!
Happy Valentine’s Day.