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What You Should Know about Valentine's Day

by Safe As Milk 09 Jan 2024 3 Comments

What You Should Know about Valentine's Day

As we all know, Valentine's Day falls on February 14 each year. Candy, flowers, and presents are given and received between loved ones in the name of St. Valentine all around the United States and other countries on Valentine's Day. But who is this enigmatic saint, and where did these customs originate? Whatever your feelings on Valentine's Day, one thing is certain: the holiday has a long history. And even though Valentine's Day is today associated with kissing, Valentine's Day gifts, and difficult-to-get dinner reservations, its early traditions were much less romantic. 

What is Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day, also known as St. Valentine's Day, is a celebration on February 14 during which lovers show their love through cards and presents. It has been suggested that the celebration has its roots in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which takes place in the middle of February. The event, which marked the arrival of spring, featured fertility rituals and the random matching of women and men. 

What does Valentine's Day symbolize?

Valentine's Day has served as a commercial festival, a religious holiday, and an ancient ritual day over the years (and millennia). Because of all these changes, Valentine's Day can mean anything to you: You can completely forego the festivities, treat yourself to some chocolate or flowers, or you can show your love and gratitude for the people in your life, whether they are coworkers, romantic partners, friends, or family members.

St. Valentine's Day is frequently said to have replaced Lupercalia since Pope Gelasius forbade its celebration at the end of the fifth century, although its exact ancestry is at best hazy. Up until the 14th century, Valentine's Day was not recognized as a day of romance.

What fun things you can do on Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is filled with fun traditions. Here are some good ideas you may be interested in to celebrate the day of love whatever you want:

Send rose bouquets

An arrangement of red roses is currently among the most widely used Valentine's Day presents since red roses universally represent romantic love. Perhaps because red is the color of the blood being pushed through the heart, red has long been associated with love and passion. The crimson rose, which represents the blood of Adonis, the god of love, was specifically given to Venus, the goddess of love, according to Roman mythology. White roses also represent purity. Pink roses symbolize purity and romance, so many lovers will pick bouquets with all three colors.

Give heart-shaped chocolate

Like much of Valentine's Day history, this custom has its origins in the past. The Aztecs and some other ancient cultures thought chocolate to be an aphrodisiac. Due to this and the relative scarcity of sugar, chocolate became a common gift to represent love and dedication. Early in the 20th century, Cadbury produced a heart-shaped package for its chocolates, which changed the course of history. After that, history was made. Valentine's Day chocolates continue to be the most popular gift given even to this day.

Send valentines

‘‘From your Valentine.’’ was popularized by romantic Victorians who used it to sign lavish Valentine's Day cards and express their affection. Hallmark established the custom, which is still practiced today, in 1913 when it started printing official Valentines in large quantities..

No of your age, relationship status, or who you're celebrating Valentine's Day with, the main focus should be on loving yourself. Find a way to celebrate that makes you the happiest, whether it's expressing your gratitude to those close to you, putting yourself first, or just taking in the aesthetic of Valentine's Day!

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01 Feb 2023 Steve

Loving myself Valentine’s Day one more again.

31 Jan 2023 Jeff

Send rose bouquets sounds good.

30 Jan 2023 James

It’s always a good time to enjoy happiness.

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