When we think of Valentine’s Day, our immediate attention to think about romance, fuzzy hearts, big Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates and pretty much anything that has to do with love, but the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark and bloody.
Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one place to start is ancient Rome. The Romans’ celebrations were violent.
A drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine, one of them, anyway. The Romans executed two men by that name on Feb. 14 of different years in the third century. From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
It originated as a Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. Through later folk traditions, it has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
There are many different origins for Valentine’s Day, but some of the most well-known and popular origins include the Roman holiday of Valentine’s Day, which was first celebrated in the 1st century AD; the French holiday of Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on the first day of February; and the American holiday of Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14th.
Valentine’s Day cards have been around for centuries and have had a lot of different meanings. Today, many people celebrate Valentine’s Day with gifts and small favors.
Some gift ideas for her or him:
1. something to make her feel special, like a handwritten note or a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant
2. something unique and one-of-a-kind, like a handmade piece of jewelry or a unique home decor piece
3. a gift that will make her feel loved and appreciated, like a new book or gift card to a favorite restaurant
4. something practical, like a new pair of shoes or a gift card to a favorite store
5. anything that will make her feel special and loved, like a special thank-you gift or a gift that is personal and unique