What is the history of Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day, also famous as the day of friendship and love, is celebrated on 14th February and in many places around the world. Every year so many products related to this day such as cards, hampers, roses and many other items are sold in markets and even online. Customised Valentine’s Day flowers and bouquets are sent especially for the loved ones. Let’s take a peep at what is it all about and a brief history of how it all started.
What is Valentine’s Day all about?
Many countries all around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. Different cultures have their ways to rejoice this festival. There are places where on Valentine’s Day family and friends express their love rather than the couples sharing their romantic relationship. In some traditions, gifts and lollies are given to the children, and some include acts of gratefulness among friends and family.
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Valentine’s Day is related to the romantic love, with many Valentine’s Day gifts exchanged every year. Cards, chocolates, red roses are sent to loved ones with romantic messages on it. Couples spend a memorable time together. Some make special Valentine’s Day flower arrangements for their loved ones. Gift hampers are very popular during this time, and it includes chocolates, flowers, and champagne.
Many couples celebrate it with special dinner organized or home cooked food. On this day restaurants provide Valentine’s Day dinner promotions and decorate the place with flowers heart balloons, candles, etc. Proposing for marriage is another thing which is very common on Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect day to express your feelings of love and commitment.
Handmade cards are also trendy to this day. People send love messages in this cards expressing their affection. The sender beautifully designs and decorates it to show the love for the recipient. They are usually very sentimental. They portray perfect feelings you have for the other.
How did Valentine’s Day start?
It all started way back in the third century AD. A Catholic priest named St. Valentine lived in Rome. There are many stories about him, and with time he became a legend. In the era of Valentine’s life, many converted into Christians. The Emperor at time Claudius II was a pagan. His rule had strict laws to be followed by Christians. He was of the belief that Roman soldiers should be devoted only to Rome and so he issued a decree abolishing marriage for them. In these circumstances, St. Valentines was the one who was secretly helping these soldiers to get married. This event marked the beginning of showing importance to love.
He was imprisoned by the emperor when he found out valentines acts. St. Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter who was blind. His faith in God and affection for her cured the girl’s blindness. Before his execution, he wrote a love letter to her and signed it “from your Valentine.” After that, he died on 14th February in the year 270. Eventually, this day was celebrated as the day of love or Valentine’s Day.