While most of the world celebrates one single Valentine’s Day on February 14th, lovers in China celebrate a second Valentine’s Day on May 20th, or 5/20.
In Chinese, ‘520’ is phonetically similar to ‘I love you', as 5-2-0 in pinyin is wǔ èr líng, while 我爱你, which is "I Love You" in Chinese, is wǒ ài nǐ, prompting China’s youth to start observing an unofficial lover’s day in mid-May.
Soon enough, the trend caught on amongst older generations – now, although it’s not an officially observed holiday, it is a day widely dedicated to romantic love. If you celebrate 520 Day, here are some of our favourite gifting ideas.
A bit of romance
Red roses are a classic symbol of romantic love. In ancient Greek mythology, roses are a recurring symbol of love, constantly appearing in stories alongside Aphrodite and Cupid, two of the most notable figures of love in mythology. More recently, Shakespeare famously wrote roses into the story of Romeo and Juliet as a symbol of romance and beauty. Nowadays, red roses are commonly given on anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and 520 Day.
A bit of bubbly
What better way to celebrate a romantic day alongside the love of your life than with a gorgeous bottle of champagne or Prosecco? We love Chandon Vintage Brut – or for something more affordable, you can’t go wrong with Organic Hill NV Sparkling PF. We recommend pairing your sparkling with strawberries and – if you’re feeling extra indulgent – caviar. Pack it all into a picnic basket, take your partner to a stunning location, and tuck in.
A bit of plush
Gift your partner something cuddly to snuggle with at night when you’re not around. A teddy bear or plush animal is a sweet gesture that will make them think of you whenever they see it. Choose a toy in their favourite colour or pick their favourite animal to show them how well you know them.
A bit of everything
How can you decide on just one gift for someone who deserves everything? We suggest a gift basket. Choose one with a variety of different things your lover loves – some services will even let you customise your basket so you can be sure that the recipient will love every single thing inside. For extra pizazz, purchase a bouquet of their favourite flowers as well.