Sunday, February 14, 2010


Rezday party for Bernard at Open Minds.
Rezzday is a word used for the anniversary of an account's creation day, often treated like a birthday.
Valentine Party at T.R.A.C.S.
Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
In Netherlands or Holland, the Valentine celebrations are pretty robust. The Dutch couples celebrate Valentine's Day much like their other counterparts in the world. Valentine's Day in Netherlands is all about spending quality time with one's beloved, exchange of cards, flowers and gifts. The big cities deck up for Valentine's Day and several couples spend the day in their own unique way. Amsterdam is one of the most cosmopolitan and easy going cities of Europe. The cafes and night life of the city is world renowned. One of the most noticeable features of Dutch Valentine celebrations are the radio shows.
The various Dutch radio stations offer special programs on occasion of Valentine's Day and they are much enjoyed by the couples. Depending on one's taste and inclination, Valentine's Day in Netherlands is celebrated. There are cruises and tours for those who are the adventurous and sporty kind. Many hotels and clubs arrange Valentine's Day parties where there are an abundance of alcoholic beverages and music. The huge dance floor with psychedelic lights is jam packed with couples out to have a good time.
 Netherlands is famous for flowers and who hasn't heard of Dutch tulips? The beauty of this flower is incomparable. Flowers are given as gifts and designer bouquets are also very popular, though they can be quite expensive. Dining, partying and expressing their love for each other round off the day.

Dutch find cocaine hidden among Valentine roses
Wed Feb 10, 3:30 am ET
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A week before Valentine's Day, a consignment of cocaine was found hidden among 20,000 roses from Latin America at Amsterdam airport, Dutch authorities said Wednesday.
The roses, a popular February 14 Valentine's Day gift, arrived last Sunday on a flight from Bogota, Colombia, which stopped over in Puerto Rico, the public prosecutors' office said in a statement. The drug was found in cellophane packets hidden in boxes containing the roses.
Three people in the Netherlands were arrested and police found a total of 9 kg (20 lb) of cocaine in their possession, including the seized shipment, with a street value of about 1.3 million euros.
The Netherlands is a major flower trading hub, home to the world's biggest flower auction house and is the source of 60 percent of the world's flower exports.
(Reporting by Reed Stevenson; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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