February the 14th is one of the most popular festivals of the Western calendar. Its the day when people show their affection foranother person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love. Valentines Day is a day that has always been recognised for its association with love. One of the facts about life is that it is incomplete without love. Love is one of the most beautiful and sacred emotions known to us human beings. It is an emotion that is prevalent throughout nature.
It is a universal emotion; though most of us are very good at expressing our heartfelt emotions like love. Occasions like Valentines Day hasmade it easy with many ways to celebrate. Cook a candlelit meal, share a romantic movie, have a bath filled with petals, however you decide to treat your loved one, simply just spend timetogether and enjoy your evening.The History of Valentine’s Day…While the History of Valentine’s day is sometimes debated it clearlylinks back to a catholic saint named St. Valentine.The problem is there are actually three St. Valentines – One a priest,one a Bishop and little is known about the third. All were martyrs.In 469 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared February the 14th a day to honourSt. Valentine, One of these three men.One legend says that a Roman emperor banned soldiers from marryingin the third century, but St. Valentinetook his issue with this, Hebecame an advocatefor soldiers and was executed as a result of hisoutspokenness.
Another legend St. Valentine was executed for his beliefs in Christianityand just before he died, he left a farewell note for his loved one andsigned it “from your valentine”.A conventional and widely accepted belief about the holiday itself isthat Valentine’s Day grew out of a middle ages tradition of celebratingFebruary the 14th as the day “the birds began to pair”.February has long been associated with being a month of love, andFebruary the 15th was celebrated in ancient times as a fertility festival.Whatever its origin, it took off, and the UK Greeting Cards Associationestimates Valentine’s day is the second – most popular card – givingday of the year.Interesting facts… Red hearts are a ubiquitous valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the colour of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact when Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed ever organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.
Nearly 10 new candy “conversation heart” sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions have included “Yeah Right” “puppy love” and “call home” Approximately one billion valentine’s cards are sent each year around the world! Teachers receive the most valentines’ cards, followed by children, mothers, and wives. Children between ages 6-10 exchange more than 650 million valentine’s cards a year! Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s. A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring luck all year! Shakespeare mentions Valentine’s Day in A midsummer night’s dream and in Hamlet. On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different coloured roses have different meanings. Red means love, Yellow means friendship, and Pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, White carnations mean pure love, Chrysanthemum’s mean love, Forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young, and larkspur means an open heart. The first recorded Valentine was sent February 1415 by the English Duke of Orleans. He sent a love letter to his wife from
his jail cell in the Tower of London after the battle of Agincourt. It is currently on display in the British museum. In Germany, Girls would plant onions in a pot on Valentine’s Day, and next to the onions, they placed the name of a boy. They believed they would marry the boy whose name was nearest the first onion to grow!