Best gift and ideas for Valentine’s Day
What is Valentine’s Day? St Valentine’s Day is an annual festival to celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration.
Every year on 14 February people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends.
Couples send Valentine’s Day cards and flowers and spend special time together to honor their love for each other.
The Early History of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today. At the time of Valentine’s life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor
Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.
Eventually Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor’s blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed from your Valentine’. Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270.
How did Valentine’s Day develop?
It wasn’t until more than 200 years later that 14 February was proclaimed St Valentine’s Day. By this time Rome had become Christian and the Catholic Church was determined to stamp out any remaining paganism. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year and the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed 14 February Saint Valentine’s Day, thus establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints.
The poet Chaucer in the Middle Ages was the first to link St Valentine with romantic love. This was the beginning of the tradition of courtly love, a ritual of expressing love and admiration, usually in secret. This custom spread throughout Europe and stories grew about a High Court of Love where female judges would rule on issues related to love on 14 February each year. Historians believe that these meetings were in fact gatherings where people read love poetry and played games of flirtation.
Valentine’s Day Symbols
The practice of sending love messages developed into people sending special cards expressing their affection. These cards were beautiful creations handmade by the sender and individually designed to show how much they loved the recipient. Cards would usually contain sentimental verse, proclaiming the beauty of the receiver and how much they were loved.
Saint Valentine’s Day cards were decorated with pictures of cupid, hearts and flowers and trimmed with lace and ribbon. These images are still used today to symbolize love and are recognized all over the world.
Valentine Week List Dates and Their Importance:
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14, but there are other interesting events that fall during in what is called the ‘Valentines Week’. The Valentine’s week, or the week of love, starts with Rose Day, on February 7, followed by Propose Day, Chocolate Day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Hug Day, Kiss Day and ends with the much awaited Valentine’s Day. During this week, many couples confess and profess their love to one another.
1. Rose Day (7 February):
The valentine’s week start with a lovely day which is Rose day. On this day people celebrate by exchanging roses to each other and making the day much more happier to them. This signifies the symbol of love, purity and peace. Since ancient times the humble flower has been an emblem of deep love, admiration and devotion.
2. Propose Day (8 February):
When you love anyone or when you have crush on anyone, this is a perfect day to express to your loved ones. This day gives you an advantage and remembrance for your future. Either they accept or not, you will give your best.
3. Chocolate Day (9 February):
An entire day of celebrating with chocolates is the best people want. If you aren’t afraid of getting messy a chocolate fondue can really spice things up, particularly teamed with a nice bottle of red vino.
4. Teddy Day (10 February):
After the chocolate day, the 4th day comes as one of the costliest one ;). This is teddy day which most of the female partners like.
So this is a better one to give your female or the male partner a Teddy. When you’re missing your partner you can cuddle your Ted or if you’re feeling lonely you can cry your heart out to your cuddly friend, it’s a win win.
5. Promise Day (11 February):
When there is any commitment which bring you the happiness do it without any hesitation. This is the best day to make sure people promise and never let anything come into their relation. Making big promises doesn’t make any difference, but belief and trust in each other makes you the most better person in a relation.
6. Hug Day (12 February):
The sixth day is hug day which brings you happiness when you hold your partner in your arms close to you. The biggest thing which you can give you to make him/her comfortable is a hug. You’ve no excuse, express your love by giving your partner an almighty squeeze.
7. Kiss Day (13 February):
The last and final day before the Valentine’s Day is Kiss Day. A kiss on the forehead is a sign of caring and being responsible. This day gives a golden opportunity to express their love with a sweet gesture.
8. Valentine Day 2017 (14 February)
Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring St Valentinus. A day for all the lovers to exchange gifts and express their love.