Saint Valentine’s Day, also called Valentine’s Day, is celebrated every year on February 14th. It is a holiday when lovers express their love with greetings and gifts.
It is not known for sure where Valentine’s Day originates from, but it could have ancient origins. Some think that the name has been taken from a priest named Valentine, who was martyred by the emperor Claudius II Gothic, others believe that the holiday was named after Saint Valentine of Terni.
As a day of romance, it began to be celebrated in the 14th century but gained importance in Western countries in the middle of the 19thth century, when the first commercial valentines appeared in the USA.
This is Not Just a Day of Romance
Although it is considered to be lovers day, Saint Valentine’s Day is for all those we love. The custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolate, and gifts originated from the United Kingdom, but Valentine’s Day is also associated with spring in various places when plants begin to grow and work begins in the fields and vineyards.
It is a day when we remember all the love we have in our lives, which includes our friends, family, and everyone else we care about. On this day children at school, as well as colleagues at work, or friends and family exchange valentines. This is an opportunity to let those we love know that we love and appreciate them.
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Symbols, Traditional Gifts and Popularity of Saint Valentine’s Day
The symbols of Valentine’s Day are doves, hearts, roses, and Cupid. Millions of valentines – the formal messages are printed and sold all over the world, although there are countries where the celebration of Valentine’s Day is forbidden for religious reasons. Traditional gifts include chocolates and flowers, especially red roses.
Valentine’s Day is popular in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, and Canada, but is celebrated in other countries such as France, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and others. In some countries, like the Philippines, Valentine’s Day became a day for mass weddings.
Share the Love
There are many definitions and many kinds of love. We can love our partner, our children, our friends, our pets, our job, our car, our home, our life, our body, and our neighbours….
We can love more or less, more or less passionately, we can love temporarily or forever, we can just think or say we love and not really love, we can be happy that we love or be unhappy about it.
There are many stories and legends about Valentine’s Day. There are also many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. So do what feels right to you. Show the people in your life that you care. Share the love. Love yourself and others, and feel and spread that love. And be grateful.
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