It is 14th of February and so, Valentine’s day! Are you thinking about declaring your love to your beloved one?
As you know, on this special day many people send letters, give romantic gifts or buy flowers for their partners. However, do you know where this tradition comes from?
In the year 269 a saint called Valentine performed weddings amongst Christian soldiers which were forbidden. Organisers of these weddings were persecuted by the Roman Empire as it was thought that marriage made the soldiers weak and, therefore, not ready to fight. Once the emperor had found out Valentine was carrying out these ceremonies he was imprisoned. During this time, his jailer asked him to use his saintly power and heal his blind daughter. Miraculously, his daughter recovered her sight again, they became close friends and fell in love. Just before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. That day became associated with love and in the 14th century this tradition flourished.
Nowadays, approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making this day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. Shops sell romantic gifts and sweets and decorate their windows with hearts, soft toys, red roses or Cupid images. In addition to cards or letters, flowers or chocolates, couples enjoy this day by organising meals, romantic hotel nights or short trips to some cosy and private place, and even by anonymously declaring love to someone special.
So, if you are in love and you want that person to know, this is the time!
- Imprison: put or keep in prison or a place like a prison.
- Flourish: to be successful; prosper.