Valentine’s Day 2014: Celebrations Around the World [PHOTOS]

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By Keerthi Mohan | February 14, 2014 8:45 PM EST

It's that time of the year again, and people around the world are marking this Valentine's Day by doing something unique to make it a memorable one.

The day before Valentine's Day was marked by mass wedding ceremonies and marriage proposals as many decided to start the next chapter of their lives on the day dedicated to love.

In Thailand, Valentine's Day festivities included an attempt to set a world record for non-stop hugging, and specially planned mass weddings. In one such case, the bride and the groom were spotted jumping into a pond as they were chased by men dressed as pirates.

In France, thousands of padlocks were spotted on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine as couples expressed their love. In a custom believed to have originated in Hungary, lovers leave padlocks in a place important to them and throw away the key. This symbolises that their hearts are locked together in eternal love.

In Pakistan, where Valentine's Day greetings are usually exchanged by youth in secret, fearing backlash from devout Muslims, love was in the air as roadside stalls stacked up red roses and balloons. 

Roses, chocolates and a promise of love were abundant in all these ceremonies.

Check out the pictures below to find how the international day of love is celebrated around the world.

Groom Roongroj Walailuk and bride Vina Wichan shoot an arrow during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
Groom Roongroj Walailuk and bride Vina Wichan shoot an arrow during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
Lucas Farrell (R) proposes to his girlfriend Natalie Rumble as Irish-born harpist Cliona Molins plays a romantic tune at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Valentines Day, February 14, 2014. (Reuters)
Lucas Farrell (R) proposes to his girlfriend Natalie Rumble as Irish-born harpist Cliona Molins plays a romantic tune at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Valentines Day, February 14, 2014. (Reuters)
A man sits on a roadside next to a paper-flower decoration as he holds heart-shaped balloons, waiting for costumers on the ahead of Valentine's Day in Islamabad February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
A man sits on a roadside next to a paper-flower decoration as he holds heart-shaped balloons, waiting for costumers on the ahead of Valentine's Day in Islamabad February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris February 13, 2014 on the eve of Valentine's Day. (Reuters)
Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris February 13, 2014 on the eve of Valentine's Day. (Reuters)
Toy bears are used to decorate with blue roses as flowers products on sale for the upcoming Valentine's Day on Friday at a market, in Beijing, February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
Toy bears are used to decorate with blue roses as flowers products on sale for the upcoming Valentine's Day on Friday at a market, in Beijing, February 13, 2014. (Reuters)

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Groom Roongroj Walailuk and bride Vina Wichan shoot an arrow during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
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Lucas Farrell (R) proposes to his girlfriend Natalie Rumble as Irish-born harpist Cliona Molins plays a romantic tune at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Valentines Day, February 14, 2014. (Reuters)
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A man sits on a roadside next to a paper-flower decoration as he holds heart-shaped balloons, waiting for costumers on the ahead of Valentine's Day in Islamabad February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
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Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris February 13, 2014 on the eve of Valentine's Day. (Reuters)
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Groom Roongroj Walailuk and bride Vina Wichan jump into the pond as they are chased by men dressed as pirates during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
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Toy bears are used to decorate with blue roses as flowers products on sale for the upcoming Valentine's Day on Friday at a market, in Beijing, February 13, 2014. (Reuters)
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