Flowers, heart shaped truffles and cards with fancy writing.
Valentine’s day has been a popular holidays for centuries that has been celebrated on the 14th of February. People exchange gifts with their loved ones and spend a romantic weekend away together. Some people even send love notes to each other. It’s that one day a year where you show your utter affection for the one you love.
But where did this all begin? Valentine was a bishop of Terni (Italy). He was known for performing weddings for couples that were not allowed to get married (because their parents did not approve). He also gave couples flowers from his gardens, which is why flowers are such a popular gift on this special holiday. However, Emperor Claudius did not agree with Valentine’s decision and sentenced to prison. He fell in love with the jailer’s daughter; he sent her a love letter signed ‘from your valentine’. Sadly later on the 14th of February he was sent to his death.
Valentine’s Day is said to have originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. This festival was from the 13th of February till the 15th of February. This involved boys picking girls names out of a box, then they would become boyfriend and girlfriend. However, the church wanted to turn it into a Christian holiday, which is now while we celebrate St Valentine’s Day.
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