Valentine's Tradition Stronger in Asia Than the Gloomy West

Dating Portal AsianBeauties Draws on Optimism of Ladies in the Far East

BANGOR, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - As the official day of romance approaches on February 14 the dividing line between blissful lovers and cynical singles becomes ever wider. Loving couples are finding their special day complicated by the growing movement against the perceived materialism and ethos of Valentine's Day. Although the latest statistics from the American Greetings Corporation show around 60 per cent of Americans still mark the passionate event, there's an increasingly vocal minority of dissent.

Singles Awareness Day was launched to express the concept of 'Anti-Valentinism' with some supporters even going so far as to wear non-romantic colors and hold parties for those not in a relationship. This negative viewpoint has been fuelled in recent years by statistics such as the $13.7 billion spent on Valentine's gifts and cards each year. Focusing on such news can be seen as reflective of a pervading cynicism felt more strongly in the Western world.

For those who don't want their Valentine's spoiled by party poopers they should look to the pure spirit celebrated throughout Asian countries such as China, Thailand and the Philippines. Although China officially celebrates its version of Valentine's Day with the Qixi Festival on August 6, romantic sentiments are sky high with more and more Asians also observing Western Valentine's. This fact is backed up by figures from iResearch who recently predicted the Chinese users of internet dating would soon hit the 140 million mark.

To help share in Asia's feel good factor, dating portal AsianBeauties has just launched a special online beauty pageant in time for the Valentine's period. Guys can view the Valentine's themed photos and profiles of 30 thrilling entrants in the special contest at The contest is truly interactive as men can vote for their favorite Asian beauty and even get in touch with the delightful contestants using services including Email Correspondence, Phone Translation and advanced features like Live Chat.

AsianBeauties is a fantastic resource for old-fashioned guys who want to prove to women that romance is not a dying art. The website is full of thousands of the most beautiful Ladies from across the Far East, hoping to cherish a partner who still believes in love at first sight.

About Anastasia

Founded in 1993, Anastasia is the industry's leading International Introduction and Romance Tour Company bringing Western men together with women from Russia & CIS, Asia, Latin America and Africa for dating and marriage. Anastasia's Family of sites includes,, and AfricaBeauties which together count over 150 million online visitors yearly and over 2.5 million letters exchanged onsite daily. To learn more about AsianBeauties please visit


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