Valentine’s Day—The Day of Love
Every year, the romantic at heart eagerly wait for 14th February to celebrate love. After all, it is Valentine’s Day! On this day, loved ones exchange flowers, chocolates, and other gifts with each other to show their love for one another. When gifts aren’t involved, it is usually celebrated by sending messages of love, affection, and admiration to not only partners but also family and friends. It is a rather special day celebrated all over the world, and often different countries have different ways of celebrating the day.
How Did Valentine’s Day Come to Be: A Brief History
Valentine’s Day makes the month of February the month of romance. However, do you know the story behind this ancient rite? The story and history of Valentine’s Day are quite a mystery. Legend has it that it is associated with, and gets its name from the patron saint, St. Valentine. It’s also believed that it contains traces of both Roman and Christian tradition. One of the legends of this special day dates back to third-century Rome, where Valentine served as a priest. During that time, Claudius II, the then emperor, outlawed young men from marrying stating that single men made better soldiers. Valentine, who found this decree to be unjustified, continued to help young lovers get married secretly. When Claudius found out about Valentine’s activities, he sentenced him to death. The story goes that February 14th was the day Valentine was martyred.
Valentine’s Day Traditions from Around the World
Everyone has a different way of declaring their love. While some express their love with bouquets of lovely flowers and some shower their loved ones with sweet goodies, such as chocolates, cakes, and candies, there are many places around the world that do it differently. What’s better than starting with the Valentine’s Day tradition in Paris, one of the most romantic places in the world? Although now banned, it was a popular Valentine’s Day tradition in Paris where women and men would gather in houses facing one another. They would then take turns to call out to one another to pair off. At the end of all the action, unmatched women would gather for a bonfire, during which they would burn pictures of men who they don’t like. This tradition got quite out of hand and the French government decided to ban it!
There are many interesting ways in which many other cities and countries celebrate Valentine’s Day. While in Denmark, lovers exchange pressed white flowers instead of roses, in the Philippines, thousands of couples get married on February 14th, making it a day of mass wedding ceremonies. Whereas in South Africa, women wear their heart on their sleeve, well, not literally. They pin up the names of their love interest on the sleeves of their shirt, which is how some South African men come to know about their secret admirers!
Valentine’s Day Greetings Come in Many Forms
Valentine’s greetings have been popular since the Middle Ages. But it wasn’t until the 1400s that written greetings began to appear. The oldest known Valentine’s Day greeting that still exists is from 1415. It is a poem that Charles, Duke of Orleans, wrote to his wife while he was held captive in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt. Nowadays, Valentine’s Day gifts come in all shapes and sizes! From greeting cards and red roses to stuffed toys and champagne. People also opt for gift hampers or a combination of multiple gifts to surprise their lovers. Any gift given on this day is a gift of love.
Valentine’s Day Is for Everyone to Celebrate
Unlike popular belief that Valentine’s Day is only for couples to celebrate, even single men and women celebrate this day with great joy. They find creative ways to make the day special. And why not—the celebration has something for everyone, irrespective of their romantic status! After all, the celebration of love applies to loving oneself as well. Most people take this day to pamper themselves with treats or indulgences, such as a day at the spa or binge-watching their favourite show. Some people do fall in love on this day. How? They fall in love with something new to do, such as signing up for yoga class or learning how to cook. Or else they just throw a party to have a jolly good time with their friends.
Find Perfect Gifts for Your Special Someone at Insity
Whether you’re in a relationship, chasing love, or single, you’ll find a wide variety of gifts to choose for the special someone or yourself at Insity. If you love flowers, we have a wide array of choices for you, including red roses, pink roses, white roses, Asiatic lilies, carnation, orchids, and more. Have a bit of a sweet tooth? Our collection of chocolates will have you drooling. From the good old Cadbury chocolates to luxurious Ferrero Rocher and fine imported candies, we have it all. Our Valentine’s Day gifts collection for women and men also includes adorable teddy bears and other stuffed toys, key chains, cakes in a variety of flavours, combo gift hampers, beauty care hampers, personal care gifts, perfumes, and a whole lot more.