St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February and is associated with the theme of romantic love.
Expression of Gratitude
Potential lovers send cards, flowers, chocolates and other small gifts to the person they have amorous inclinations towards, hoping the sentiment will be mutual and their feelings reciprocated.
Traditionally, the sender is supposed to keep their identity secret. The day is a popular choice for marriage proposals and is also celebrated by happy couples who wish to reaffirm their love for each other.
A Letter to Bae
Valentine lived during Roman times and was canonized by the Catholic Church for his martyrdom, so the day was always an important one on the church calendar.There are several tales associated with Valentine who was a temple priest in 3rd century Rome.
According to popular belief, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death for helping Christian couples marry at a time when the Roman emperor had banned marriage. The jailer’s daughter befriended Valentine and before his execution, he sent her a farewell message which said ‘from your Valentine.’
The Origin of St Valentine’s Day
The Romans held a feast during February and this was known as Lupercalia, where young girls and boys from prominent families were paired for the duration of the festival; this would often lead to marriage but there is no evidence to suggest this is where St Valentine’s Day had its origins.
Cupid Symbolizes Love
Another well-known figure associated with St. Valentine’s Day is the cute and cuddly cherub known as Cupid. He is a winged, mythological creature who fires his arrows deep into the hearts of the unsuspecting, causing them to fall in love.
He has been popularized throughout the ages in books, poetry, artwork and songs. A lesser-known fact is that Cupid reputedly carries two types of arrows; one type is tipped with gold to create desire and the other type, tipped with lead, has the opposite effect, causing aversion.
The connection between February 14th (the day Valentine was executed) and romantic love wasn’t established until the 14th Century, in the time of Chaucer, when the tradition of sending hand-written messages, love notes and proposals became widespread.
21st Century Language Of Love
Nowadays, St. Valentine’s Day is a vast commercial enterprise. Over 150 million cards are sent throughout the globe and Valentine cards are the second most popular card after Christmas cards. It’s an important day for wedding fairs and many hotels and restaurants host candlelit St Valentine’s- themed meals. It’s even possible to sail away on an exotic St. Valentine’s cruise.
You don’t have to be young to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many functions are especially aimed at older singles who are still young at heart. Those who are divorced or have lost their life partner needn’t stay at home feeling lonely when there’s still the chance of finding new love.
Those on a budget need not miss out either, many well-known chains of pubs and restaurants do a Valentine’s special where you can get two steaks and all the trimmings plus a bottle of wine for little more than if you prepared a meal at home.
Bringing it all Together
St. Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in virtually any way you please. You might like to bake a cake for someone you more than just like, or buy a small personalized gift or item of jewelry to demonstrate your affection.
Whether you prefer a quiet meal alone with your loved one or a lively party with others, there will be plenty of choice wherever you live. Even if you have no-one in mind to send a card to, you shouldn’t feel left out as there are numerous Valentine’s Day events providing an opportunity to meet the person of your dreams.
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