Valentine's day help and advice

Woman receiving a red rose whilst out on a date in a restaurant.

Valentine's Day February 14th

Could this be the year you find love?

When is Valentine's Day?

We all need a bit of love in our lives and if you are single then Valentine's Day is a date to put in your diary.

Here's our advice for a successful Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming up and many people are struggling to figure out what to do or get for the special person in their life, particularly with money being tight these days. Here's a few ideas to help make your Valentine's Day go like a charm.

1) Write a heartfelt love letter of appreciation: Take some time, put some thought into it, make it creative...let them know what you appreciate about them and why you love them -- in writing.

2) Express your appreciation in person: When you sit down for a meal, take some time to look them in the eye, connect, and express to them your deep appreciation for who they are and what they bring to your life - in a heartfelt and passionate way.

3) Post notes of appreciation all over the house: Use post-it notes and write cute, fun, sexy notes of appreciation and put them up in the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc.

4) Send them roses representing love. A rose is probably the only flower with a meaning that is universally understood. In more recent years, people have sent their sweethearts their favourite flowers such as tulips, lilies, daisies and carnations.

5) Don't forget the card which has become increasingly sophisticated, keeping pace with popular technological advances. For example, there are cards that let you record a romantic message or play romantic music. And of course, you can send e-mail valentines.

For this holiday of love! Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest!

How to say Happy Valentine's Day in 14 different languages

We'd all like to be fluent in the international language of love - and knowing how to wish someone a "Happy Valentine's Day" in Spanish is a start.

Swedish - Glad Alla hjartans dag
Mandarin - Qingren jie kuaile
Dutch - Fijne valentijnsdag
Japanese - Shiawasena Barentainde
French - Bonne Saint Valentin
German - Happy Valentinstag
Arabic - Eid hob sa'eed, habibi (to a male), Eid hob sa'eed,habibti (to a female)
Hawaiian - Hau'oli La Aloha
Turkish - Sevgililer Günün Kutlu Olsun
Indonesian - Selamat Hari Kasih Sayang
Portuguese - Feliz Dia dos Namorados
Thailand - Sook San Wan Valentine
Spanish - Feliz dia de San Valentin
Italian - Felice San Valentino

Interesting to know that Valentine's day is celebrated in many different ways around the world.

If you're dating in South Africa it's custom for women to attach the names of the men they fancy to their shirtsleeves. This tradition was known as Lupercalia and came from ancient Rome.

Mass weddings are arranged for February 14th in the Philippines where hundreds of couples meet in public places such as shopping malls to either say "I Do" for the first time or renew their vows.

Valentine's Day for the Danes is a new traditon for them. In Denmark you could be given pressed white flowers called snowdrops instead of the traditional red roses. Men also give ladies a gaekkebrev, an anonymous letter that features a funny poem or rhyme. If she can guess who it is from she will be given an Easter egg later in the year.

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