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Valentine's Day: Love festivals around the world from Argentina to Wales

14 February isn't the only day when love is celebrated 

Kashmira Gander
Thursday 11 February 2016 12:09
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Even if the cheesy love songs and pink stuffed animals shared on Valentine's Day make you feel nauseous, the occasion is undeniably the perfect chance to celebrate the wonderful feeling that is being in love.

From the swirl of emotions in your stomach to the feeling of trust and security that develops with time, love is a feeling that we all crave.

Around the world on 14 February, people will be laying their hearts bare in Valentine’s Day cards in the hope of attracting their secret crushes, while others will shower their lovers with gifts of appreciation.

But Valentine’s Day isn’t the only love festival celebrated, and many other events dot the calendar throughout the year.

Illustrator Mari Muravski has depicted the different ways that love is marked around the world in a set of drawings for jewellery firm Vashi.

Her evocative images include Sweetness Week in Argentina, where kisses are exchanged for confectioneries; Dia dos Namorados, or the day of lovers, in Brazil; and Dragobete in Romania.

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