Valentines Day: The History vs Current Day

The History of Valentine’s Day 

It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world. 

We know that February has long been lauded as a month of romance and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains celebrations of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. Although there is a big mystery behind St Valentine and it is believed there were 2-3 martyred Valentines. 

Some stories suggest that Valentine was actually killed for trying to help Christians escape harsh Roman rule where they were imprisoned and beaten. It is believed he sent the first Valentine card to his prison guard’s daughter in which they fell in love and who visited him during his time in prison. Just before his death, he signed a letter to his young lover ‘From your Valentine’. 

Valentines Cards were popular as far back as the middle ages around 1400. The oldest recorded Valentine’s greeting of note on record today was that of Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife who was imprisoned by the British during the battle of Agincourt in the Tower of London in 1415. 

Modern Traditions 

Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14 across the world, chocolates, flowers and gifts are exchanged for loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Often associated with Valentine’s day is cupid, the flying baby who shoots love arrows and spreads love around the world. Although rooted in religion and festive celebrations in the modern-day this is celebrated worldwide by people of all religions with no religious associations. 

 

Stemming from the Roman God Cupid is also quite a mysterious character. Some say he has roots in Greek mythology under Eros however the most controversial belief is he is the son of Aphrodite and Zeus, which means he would’ve been the son and the grandson of Zeus. 

Valentines Day 2021 

After a wild year, we have had we want to encourage people to celebrate Valentines a little differently this year. Our message being Valentine’s is not just for partners, it is an opportunity to show someone you love that you do love and appreciate them. Whether it’s a partner, family member, friend, colleague, neighbour whoever it may be. 

Galentines 

The revolution of single women to celebrate the females in their lives, whether single or partnered. This takes place on the 13th of February just before Valentines day. Popularised by the episode of Parks and Recreation in 2010 

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