As we are all about keeping the romance alive here, with the continued celebration of wedding anniversaries, it would be wrong not to discuss Valentine’s Day 2021. This annual event takes place on February 14 and is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, originating as a Christian tradition to honour the saint. However, just to confuse matters, there was more than one Saint Valentinus, to give him his full name. Although celebrated throughout the world, Valentine’s Day is particularly popular in the Philippines, where mass wedding ceremonies take place for hundreds of couples.
The most likely candidate to have inspired this celebration of love was Saint Valentine of Rome, who performed weddings for soldiers, which was not permitted and he was subsequently imprisoned. While incarcerated in prison, he was said to have healed the jailer’s daughter who was blind. Valentine was eventually beheaded, having previously been clubbed and stoned. The law that forbade soldiers from marrying was first introduced by Emperor Claudius II, who was of the opinion that men who were single performed better in wars than those who had wives or children.
Valentine’s Day Gift for Two
Rather than exchanging gifts that may just end up unwanted in a cupboard, why not make some special memories instead? A romantic day out visiting a vineyard and tasting wine would be an experience to remember. Torview Wines in Devon offer a guided tour of their vineyard, with the opportunity to try five of their delicious and renowned wines. The vineyard is set within beautiful countryside, and the wine is made from the finest grapes, using age-old techniques. The gift voucher for this experience is valid for 10 months.
Valentine’s Day was brought into popularity by the likes of Shakespeare and Chaucer, who romanticised it in their works, ensuring the celebration spread throughout Europe. The middle ages became the advent of the first appearance of hand-made paper cards before the industrial revolution saw the production of factory-made cards. The mass production of Valentine’s cards began in 1913, by the renowned manufacturer Hallmark in Kansas City, Missouri, who of course still exist today. A newer tradition that now runs alongside Valentines, is that of Single Awareness Day (SAD), where people will deliberately dine alone and buy themselves presents and cards!
Where’s the Romance?
Here in the UK, it appears we are not as romantic as you might imagine. A study in 2017 revealed that 52% of the population had no intention of buying a gift, with 48% not even planning to send a card. Having said that, the total spent on Valentine’s Day runs to approximately half a billion pounds, with men splashing out twice as much as women! There is no getting away from the fact that the celebration of love has been turned into a commercial enterprise, and restaurants are keen to promote the evening with themed menus and food.
12 Roses Luxury Gift Set
Roses are, of course, the ultimate symbol of love, and this beautiful gift also includes a teddy bear, balloon and chocolates! The luxurious bouquet itself contains 12 spectacular Rhodos long-lasting red roses, set amongst copper ruscus and bear grass for a beautiful display to be treasured. The scarlet air-filled balloon is printed with I Love You, and the cuddly teddy bear is adorable. A delicious box of chocolates adds to the generosity of this gift set. Next day delivery is available for those who have left it to the last minute!
There are some themes that are commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, including Cupid, the Roman god, hearts, flowers and ribbons. Birds became a symbol of love, as their mating season generally begins in mid-February. There are several legends as to why the red rose is the symbol of Valentine’s day. The most well-known one is that Cupid was carrying a jar of delicious nectar to the gods of Mount Olympus when he accidentally dropped it. As the sweet nectar soaked into the ground, a beautiful rose grew from that very spot. Be aware that pink roses mean only friendship, not love, so be careful not to send the wrong message!
Unique Real-Life Hands Casting Kit
This is a gift that could not be more unique and has to be seen to be believed! The kit contains everything you need to create a 3D sculpture of the pair of you holding hands. Every detail of your hands is reproduced in the finest detail, and the process is easy to follow. Simply mix the supplied alginate with water and then place your hands in the mixture for approximately 40 seconds. Once the mould of your hands has been created, you pour in the casting plaster, and leave it to set, before peeling away the mould. Your sculpture can be painted for maximum effect, and is sure to be a talking point!
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Valentines in Media
Valentine’s Day has often been the main event in movies and books, the most notable of which was the American romantic comedy, released in 2010. The star-studded cast included Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey and even Taylor Swift in her acting debut. Despite negative reviews from the critics, it was a box-office success. One of the more unusual Valentine poems was written by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and begins with the memorable lines
Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
I hope you have found some inspiration from this article, and will be celebrating Valentine’s Day 2020 in style. Hopefully, you will have learnt something new of the history and traditions of this annual event. Let me know if you have any plans, perhaps you will be taking the opportunity to propose on this most romantic of days? If you have any questions or comments, I would be delighted to hear from you, and I will reply as soon as possible.
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