Valentine’s Day, also known as St. Valentine’s Day, is a celebration on February 14 during which lovers show their love through cards and presents. It has been suggested that the celebration has its roots in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which takes place in the middle of February.
Event of Valentine’s day
The event, which marked the arrival of spring, featured fertility rituals and the random matching of women and men. Pope Gelasius I forbade the observance of Lupercalia around the end of the fifth century, and is frequently credited for replacing it with St. Valentine’s Day, though the holiday’s exact ancestry is at best hazy. Up until the 14th century, Valentine’s Day was not recognised as a day of passion.
Valentine’s gift and message
Valentines, or formal messages, first appeared in the 1500s. By the late 1700s, commercially printed cards had become commonplace. Midway through the 1800s, the first commercially produced Valentines were printed in the United States. Valentines frequently feature hearts, the traditional repository of emotion, as well as Cupid, the Roman deity of love. Birds also became a symbol of the day because it was believed that the avian mating season starts in the middle of February.Candy and flowers, especially red roses, a representation of beauty and love, are common gifts.
Valentine’s observed different countries
The day is widely observed not only in the United States but also in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Argentina, France, Mexico, and South Korea. It is the most frequent wedding anniversary in the Philippines and large-scale nuptials involving hundreds of couples are usual on that day. The occasion has evolved to include displays of affection amongst family members and friends. On this day, a lot of youngsters share Valentine’s cards with one another.