Monday 27 April 2015

Snapshot: How people and businesses from around the world are preparing for Valentine's Day

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A diver holds heart-shaped squid meat dyed red to feed a ray with at the Sunshrine Aquarium in Tokyo as a feature for Valentine's Day on February 10, 2014. The aquarium is holding the event four times a day until February 14.
 PHOTO:  TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A diver holds heart-shaped squid meat dyed red to feed a ray with at the Sunshrine Aquarium in Tokyo as a feature for Valentine's Day on February 10, 2014. The aquarium is holding the event four times a day until February 14. PHOTO: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
MALANG, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 10: Dedy Wirabuana, a candle maker, carves a candle with Valentines design at the Diandra Candle Gallery on February 10, 2014 in Malang, Indonesia. Roses, chocolates, teddy bears, toy hearts, candles, and cards are all part of the preparations for the Valentines Day and orders increase significantly in the weeks leading up to the Valentines Day that will be celebrated on February 14th. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
MALANG, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 10: Dedy Wirabuana, a candle maker, carves a candle with Valentines design at the Diandra Candle Gallery on February 10, 2014 in Malang, Indonesia. Roses, chocolates, teddy bears, toy hearts, candles, and cards are all part of the preparations for the Valentines Day and orders increase significantly in the weeks leading up to the Valentines Day that will be celebrated on February 14th. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 10: A girl poses in front of teddy bear and Valentines decorations at Ciputra World Mall on February 10, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Roses, chocolates, teddy bears, toy hearts, candles, and cards are all part of the preparations for the Valentines Day and orders increase significantly in the weeks leading up to the Valentines Day that will be celebrated on February 14th. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 10: People look at chocolates with a Valentines design at Dapur Cokelat on February 10, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Roses, chocolates, teddy bears, toy hearts, candles, and cards are all part of the preparations for the Valentines Day and orders increase significantly in the weeks leading up to the Valentines Day that will be celebrated on February 14th. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
PAHANG, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 12: A worker harvests flowers from a farm in Cameron Highland ahead of Valentines Day, on February 12, 2014 in Pahang, Malaysia. The prices of Flower prices spike to three times the normal price due to high demand for the upcoming valentine's day celebrations. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
Activists of the right-wing Hindu organisation the Shiv Sena set fire to a placard during a demonstration denouncing Valentine's Day in Amritsar on February 12, 2014. The Shiv Sena strongly oppose Valentine's Day celebrations citing them as a cultural invasion on the Hindu way of life. PHOTO: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTH MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 12: Jennifer Molina works on a chocolate heart as the Le Chocolatier fine chocolate store prepare for a Valentine's day rush on February 12, 2014 in North Miami, Florida. Chocolate is one of the most popular gift giving traditions during Valentines Day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NORTH MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 12: Ana Teresa Castro places chocolate covered pretzels with little candy hearts into the refrigerator as the Le Chocolatier fine chocolate store prepares for a Valentine's day rush on February 12, 2014 in North Miami, Florida. Chocolate is one of the most popular gift giving traditions during Valentines Day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Thai and foreign couples hug during a competition for the "Worlds Longest Hugging Marathon" ahead of Valentines Day in Pattaya on February 13, 2014. Thirty-one couples took part in the hugging marathon in the hope of breaking the Guinness world record, and in the process to receive prizes totalling more than 9,400 USD (300,000 Thai baht) and a diamond ring. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
Thai and foreign couples hug during a competition for the "Worlds Longest Hugging Marathon" ahead of Valentines Day in Pattaya on February 13, 2014. Thirty-one couples took part in the hugging marathon in the hope of breaking the Guinness world record, and in the process to receive prizes totalling more than 9,400 USD (300,000 Thai baht) and a diamond ring. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12: A florist prepares a bunch of roses as Sydneysiders prepare for Valentine's Day on February 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. St. Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine began as a celebration of the early Christian Saint Valentinus. From the 18th Century onwards it has steadily transformed into a celebration of romantic love and sentiment in many countries around the world. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
A girl kisses her stuffed toy in front of a partition wall full of Valentines Day messages at the Darling Harbour in Sydney on February 13, 2014. Red roses and chocolates are the most popular gifts during Valentines Day. PHOTO: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past a partition wall full of Valentines Day messages at the Darling Harbour in Sydney on February 13, 2014. Red roses and chocolates are the most popular gifts during Valentines Day. PHOTO: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Bethenny Frankel hosts a Valentine's Day show on "bethenny" at CBS Broadcast Center February 12, 2014 in New York City. The show will air February 14. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for "bethenny")
Female customers buy boxes of chocolates as gifts before Valentine's Day at Tokyo's Matsuzakaya department store on February 13, 2014. Japanese women give chocolate to their boyfriends, work colleagues and teachers on February 14 as a social obligation more than a sign of love. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man buys chocolate ahead of Valentine's Day in Hanoi on February 13, 2014. Valentine's day is celebrated on February 14. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07/14: Models Charlie and Louisa pose to celebrate Valentine's Day at the Ice Rink Canary Wharf, London's longest-running ice rink at Canary Wharf on February 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Canary Wharf Group)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07/14: A general view to celebrate Valentine's Day at the Ice Rink Canary Wharf, London's longest-running ice rink at Canary Wharf on February 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Canary Wharf Group)
BAOTING, CHINA - Visitors splash water on each other during the 2013 Hainan Qixian Hot-spring Water Festival to greet the Chinese Valentine's Day at Qixian Square on August 13, 2013 in Baoting, China. The Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese lunar calendar which fell on August 13 last year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - Brides compete during a match of running in wedding dress to greet the Chinese Valentine's Day on August 12, 2013 in Guangzhou, China. The Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese lunar calendar which fell on August 13 last year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
QUANZHOU, CHINA - Chinese lovers kiss during a competition to greet the Chinese Valentine's Day on August 13, 2013 in Quanzhou, China. The Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese lunar calendar which fell on August 13 last year. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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