Love should be spread and cherished every day. On February 14, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Unlike National Boyfriend Day, today is not just for boyfriends. Everyone could show some love and affection to someone important.
The origins of this holiday came from a Catholic church feast for the patron saint named Valentine around 496 AD. This festival was celebrated at the beginning of every spring in honor of the Roman God of Agriculture, Faunus, on February 15. On this day, a goat and a dog would be sacrificed and represent fertility and purity.
Additionally, the romantic elements that filled in Valentine’s Day can be dated back to a priest who was afflicted by emperor Claudius II Gothicus during the 270 CE.
The stories about St. Valentine’s also came in many different versions. Some believed married couples in secret to prevent men from leaving and going to the war, some said St. Valentines left a message to his daughter and signed “your Valentine”.
Although we may have heard various editions of Valentine’s story, there was also a possibility that they were all the same person.
During the 1400s, handwritten love letters and poems began to become popular. In the mid-1800s, Valentine’s cards and flowers turned into big commercial gifts that people would buy for their loved ones.
Today, take your love to the next stage beyond your boyfriend or significant other, showing how much you care and love your friends and family members as well. There is no better day to express your true feelings than on the day of love.
It doesn’t matter whether you choose to buy a banquet of flowers to support the local businesses or create a personalized card, you don’t need to prepare anything fancy. The core of this holiday is to enjoy and share these special significant milestones in a relationship.