Is Valentine’s a special day for you?
Do you get flowers and chocolates to your loved one?
Do you use Valentine’s to get away from the daily routine and revive your feelings to your loved ones?
Or maybe you think that any day should be like Valentine’s day if you really love someone?
Or you do not have a significant other and all these couples just annoy you?
So for those of us (yes, me included) who think that it’s another day that all the shops want to sell us chocolate and fake hearts, here’s a bit of the history based on Wikipedia on how it all started:
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. A popular legend says that Saint Valentine of Rome states was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”.
And although Valentine’s day is celebrated as a day of lovers in many countries, there are many differences as to when and how the day is celebrated:
- In Chinese, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It commemorates a day on which a legendary cowherder and weaving maid are allowed to be together.
- In ancient Tel Aviv times girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards, where the boys would be waiting for them. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Av (usually in late August).
- In Saudi Arabia, in 2002 and 2008, religious police banned the sale of all Valentine’s Day items.
- According to findings, Singaporeans are among the biggest spenders on Valentine’s Day, with 60% of Singaporeans indicating that they would spend between $100 and $500 during the season leading up to the holiday.
- In India Hindu and Islamic traditionalists have considered Valentine’s day to be cultural contamination from the West, a result of the globalization in India.
- In the UK around £1.3 billion is spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for the Valentine’s day.
- In the USA about 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.
Whatever your reasons or customs, Valentine’s can still be a nice getaway from daily routine to be with your loved one.
And if you do want to be different, why not give your loved one a chance to speak your language?
Or give a present of saying “I REALLY MISSED YOU TODAY” in their language!
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