Brief History Of St.Valentine’s Day
St. Valentine’s Day was supposedly started in time of the ancient Roman Empire. On February 14, young boys and girls from the villages would write down their names and place them in a jar of which each young man would have to draw a name of a girl to be their partner for the duration of the festival known as the Feast of Lupercia. Sometimes these parings would last a year and end up in marriage.
These rituals under the laws of Claudius were banned, as the Emperor believed that the reasons why men would not go to war were because they didn’t want to leave their lovers or families.
As a result, all marriages and engagements were canceled. As a result of this order, a Roman priest -Saint Valentine, have married these couples in secrecy, and for this he was executed on the 14th day of February.
While St.Valentine was in jail, it is said that he fell in love with the jailers daughter. On the day of his execution he wrote a note as a final farewell saying – “From your Valentine” – which some say is what caused her to gain her sight again.
On this day, in honor of this noble priest, lovers from around the world mark this occasion as a day for sending poems, cards, flowers or candy and place social gatherings to mark the occasion.
And that day in history is marked as St.Valentine’s Day.
This Holiday hit it’s commercialism around the world, and as a romance holiday – it is highly accepted and celebrated in many countries throughout the world.
If you want to celebrate it – don’t overspend .There are so many ways to show appreciation without buying so many expensive gifts.
On February 14th, just show how much your relationship really means to you.
Spend Quality Time Together
You can always go to a restaurant(which is a bit of cliche), but you can always put your own effort of preparing a home made dinner with all the love ingredients included. The food will be tastier to you when you know that someone special has prepared it with LOVE.
It isn’t all about giving expensive gifts – it’s about what you give by way of time, attention, and acknowledgment of the other person. And none of those can be purchased! They are priceless!
Create Your Own Signature Card
Craft stores near by are full with ideas for making your own Valentine’s Card, therefore, it would be good if you could use your fruitful imagination and make one as your own Valentine signature card.
Written poetry or words coming from the depth of your soul and the clarity of your emotions, is the best thing you can always rely on.
Surprise your loved ones with home made cookies for which you can find so many recipes on the net.
- 1/2 pound butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C)
- Mix butter in a mixer until light, add remaining ingredients
- Knead until velvety
- Roll one-half of the dough at a time to about 1/4 inch thickness using the smallest amount of flour possible
- Cut out and bake on a lightly greased pan for 12 minutes
- Cookies will be almost white when cooked
Express your words with a rose. Different rose colors represent certain emotions and meanings.
Whether you’re sending thanks, cheering up a friend, starting a new relationship, or showing a symbol of affection or admiration, a bouquet can express just the right emotion, without saying a word.
No wonder pink roses are one of the most popular flowers sent on Valentine’s Day!
Red roses are traditionally exchanged by couples and people whom wish to express their feelings towards another.
What’s more classically romantic than red roses? Almost everyone knows that a brilliant bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to declare feelings of romantic love.
Whether in celebration of an anniversary, wedding or Valentine’s Day – they are the best!
Historically, the white rose symbolized innocence and purity, which is how it became associated with weddings and bridal bouquets.
Suited to reverent occasions, the white rose is a fitting way to honor a friend or loved one in recognition of a new beginning or a farewell.
Their pure color conveys respect, pays homage to new starts and expresses hope for the future.
Unique and vibrant, these tangerine blossoms have a way of bringing an invigorating energy to any joyful occasion. The perfect mix of contemporary and classic is sure to light up someone’s day.
Long associated with the Sun and it’s life-giving warmth, yellow is color for showing warm feelings of friendship and optimism.
In many Eastern cultures, the color represents joy, wisdom and power. But while any yellow flower will send a lighthearted message, the history of the yellow rose in particular has an optimistic, serendipitous character that really makes it the complete package.
Make Your Own Tradition
To tell you the truth, it is always the best if you make your own tradition of celebrating your love on 14th of February.You can make it personal and without any commercial attachment. Make it affordable and memorable.
The point of showing love and appreciation shouldn’t be linked with things, but with much love and honest emotions. Show appreciation 365 days in the year. Don’t wait St.Valentine’s Day for it!
Happy Valentine’s day ALL !