Brief History Of St.Valentine’s Day
In case you didn’t know, St. Valentine’s Day supposedly started in time of the ancient Roman Empire.
On February 14, young boys and girls from villages would write down their names, and place them in a jar to 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.
Surprisingly, sometimes these parings would last a year and even end up in marriage.
Unfortunately, these rituals under the law of Emperor 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.
But, there was a noble Roman priest -Saint Valentine, who have married these couples in secrecy, and for performing 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 who was blind.
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 is the day in history marked as St.Valentine’s Day.
Its Celebration Today
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.
Many overspend too much of showing appreciation – but really, it isn’t necessary.
You can still celebrate this beautiful holiday without any overspending. There are so many ways to show someone 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 a cliche), but you can always put your own effort of preparing a home made dinner with all necessary love ingredients included
The food will taste better when you know that someone special has prepared it for you with much LOVE.
It isn’t all about giving expensive gifts – it’s about what you give: it can be your time, attention or acknowledgment of the other person and your love.
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 funny Valentine’s Day Cards, therefore, it would be good idea if you could use your fruitful imagination and make one as your own Valentine signature card.
Make Valentine day photo frame and put your card in it. It’s a personal gift and it should be kept as a reminder of your love.
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, or some interesting Valentine drink recipes you can find on the net.
There’s a whole abundance of Valentine cookie recipes and this one is our selection for this “love day”.
- 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
You can also express your words and appreciation with a beautiful rose bouquet, and don’t forget – different rose colors represent certain emotions and meanings.
Choose what do you want to say to someone by using the perfect rose color!
Whether you’re sending thanks, cheering up a friend, starting a new relationship, or showing a symbol of affection or admiration, a simple 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 who wish to express their feelings towards one 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 always the best choice!
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, express new start and 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 a sure way 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.
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 whatsoever.
Just 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.
That’s why you need to show appreciation 365 days throughot the year and don’t wait St.Valentine’s Day for it!
Do you agree?
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