There is a special day in every year dedicated to Love but what is Valentine’s Day all about? What is the origin of this tradition and how did it reach it’s popularity? To find the answers to these questions and more all you need to do is reading our article!
The History of Valentine’s Day
While we know that February has long been celebrated as the month of romance, we are still uncertain about the origins of this tradition. Mysteries surround its patron saint as well as Valentine’s Day itself in it its current form. When we research the history of Valentine’s Day, we discover both ancient Roman and Christian traditions’ fragments in it.
As per the most famous legend associated with Valentine’s Day, an imprisoned Valentine fell in love with a young girl, possibly the daughter of his capturer. Before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”! This is an expression commonly used nowadays as well showing deep and honest feelings. Naturally we do not know the complete and undisputable truth behind all Valentine Day’s legends, but all stories present a heroic, engaging and most importantly, a romantic character. Due to this image or reputation by the Middle Ages Valentine became one of the most popular saints in Europe.
For quite a long time in the Middle Ages it was believed that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which provided the idea that Valentine’s Day should be a day dedicated fully to love and romance.
In an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia some people claimed that the church have decided to celebrate St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February. Lupercalia was a fertility festival celebrated on the 15th of February. They dedicated that day to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and to the founders of Rome: Romulus and Remus.
Valentine’s day’s growing popularity
Americans presumably started to exchange hand-made Valentine Day’s messages in the early 1700s because that was the time this holiday began to be popularly celebrated. Fifty years later, lovers and friends from all social classes exchanged small notes or tokens of their feelings towards each other. Later on, due to the development of technology, printed prepared cards replaced old handwritten notes. Furthermore the cheaper postage rates in the 1900s also increased the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greeting cards.
An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year nowadays, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
What’s Cupid’s role in this?
People in love are said to be hit by Cupid’s arrow. Cupid, the Roman god of love, also frequently referred to as Amor and Eros (the Greek counterpart) is one of the ancient symbols associated with Valentine’s Day, just like hearts and doves.
He is the god of desire, attraction, erotic and love affection. He is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and Mars, the god of wars.
We usually see him portrayed as a small winged figure, similar to an angel with a bow and arrow used to strike people’s hearts.
And a tip to make sure you score on Valentine’s day – Bedazzle your partner with a Love Cocktail
Here is the recipe:
1 teaspoon of grenadine
3/4 ounce heavy whipping cream
3/4 ounce creme de bananes
3/4 ounce cherry vodka
Fill the shaker halfway with ice and pour in all the ingredients. Shake it well for a minute and then strain into a cordial glass. Put a cherry on the side of the glass. Rest assured the effect won’t disappoint your lover!
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