Did you know??
Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. – www.history.ca
After “cards” the most common gifts given during this date are (Time and Date AS):
- Flowers, particularly red roses.
- Chocolates and/or candy
- Teddy bears
- Toy hearts
- Sparkling wine
- Clothing, including lingerie.
But what is the origin of Valentine’s Day?
The origins of Valentine’s Day are not confirmed. However, there are many theories. Between the most popular ones are the legends about Valentin.
According to many articles, there were 3 different Saints called Valentine or Valentinus who were martyred and after whom this date would become a love celebrations date.
One of the legends states that “Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” -History
A second legend says that a man called Valentine was killed because he was helping Christians to escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.
A third theory tells that the evening before a guy called Valentin that was imprisoned himself in a Roman prison, was going to be executed, he wrote a love card to a girl whom he has fallen in love with. This girl was supposedly the daughter of his jailer. Valentin signed the letter as “Your Valentin” and that would be the origin of the love letters and the tradition on the phrase “From your Valentin” (American Greetings)
Whatever the story was, nowaday February 14th is an international date to celebrate love and friendship in many places.
“According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.” (Woman’s Day)
No Valentin’s Gift yet! No problem!
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Dresses and evening clothing:
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