Significance of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is known all around the world as the day of love. It falls every year on the 14th of February. Valentine’s Day holds a lot of significance in religious, cultural and commercial celebration of love and romance in many parts of the world. Although Valentine’s Day is known and celebrated worldwide, there is official no holiday anywhere.

Originally, Saint Valentine’s Day was known as the Feast of Saint Valentine in churches. Its origin can be traced back to the 3rd century A.D, Rome. There were several Christian priests named Valentine, but Valentine’s Day is known for Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.

Saint Valentine was a priest who took steps against the Emperor Claudius II in Rome. Claudius believed that single men are better soldiers than men with wives and kids. Hence, he outlawed the marriage law for young soldiers. Disagreeing with him, Saint Valentine continued to perform marriages for the young soldiers and their lovers. When Claudius learned about these practices, he immediately ordered to execute Valentine. During his imprisonment, Valentine healed his jailer’s daughter Julia’s sight. She visited him even after her restored sight. It is known that Valentine sent his first ‘valentine greeting’ to her and before the execution he wrote a farewell letter to her ending with “From your Valentine”.

Valentine of Terni was also executed on 14th February but during a different year and under Emperor Aurelian. Later, in the middle ages, these executions were honored by the Pope and the Church as “Valentine’s Day”.

In the modern era, love on Valentine’s Day is celebrated by gifting Saint Valentine’s key, giving flowers and greeting cards, presents and offering confectionery. Valentine’s key is given by lovers to their partners as a symbol of love and an invitation to unlock the lover’s heart. There are many other Valentine’s Day symbols today, like doves, winged cupids, heart-shaped cards and other goodies and roses. Valentine’s Day greeting cards production has increased unbelievably since the 19th century.

Nowadays, outfits colored- red, pink and white are associated with Valentine’s Day. Red colored gifts, cards, etc. are also exchanged, as red is popularly known as the symbol of love.

Some people wait the whole year for the month of love to shower love on their partners, with grand gestures and surprises. It is the perfect time to let someone know how much you love them and why. You want to shower your partner with presents and make them feel special too?

Here are some easy yet thoughtful last minute gift ideas:

– Bake a cake
– Make a greeting card
– Box of chocolates
– Bouquet made up of candies
– Flower bouquet/Plant Pot
– DIY name bracelets
– Heart/key/name-shaped accessories
– Matching bracelet/locket/keychain/ring
– Valentine’s themed photo frame
– Valentine’s themed box with love messages inside
– Customize a mug/glass with a sharpie
– A wallet filled with free gift cards/coupons

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