Valentine's Day history
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is NOT a national holiday in ANY country.
The contemporary Valentine's Day started in 18th-century in England. It evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by giving presents, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. (1)
Where did Valentine's Day started?
It is all started at the end of the 5th century in Rome, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day was widely celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. (2)
Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since.
And so the celebration of Valentine's Day goes on, in varied ways and many different parts of the world. Many will break the bank buying jewelry and flowers for their beloveds. Others will celebrate in a SAD (that's Single Awareness Day) way, dining alone and binging on self-gifted chocolates. (3)
A new survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) projects U.S. consumers spent a total of $18.2 billion on their valentines in 2017. Over $4 billion of that was spent on jewelry alone, with another $2 billion on flowers. It was estimated that each individual spend an average $136.57 on Valentine's Day gifts (4).
Who is your Valentine?
We always want to give the best to somebody we love. Whether it is your husband, your child, your parent, you grandparent, your best friend or fiancé, it is ALL called LOVE. And the most valuable thing you can give them today and every day is your attention and your time and your love!
But if it feels like not enough on Valentine's Day and flowers with heart-shaped cards and chocolate have got boring, while fine jewelry is something out of your reasonable price range, here are some great gift ideas for Valentine's Day.
Best gift ideas for Valentine's Day
1. Hearts and LOVE
2. Heart shaped jewelry
3. Rose Gold Plated Jewelry
4. Engagement Rings
5. Pair of animal / bird figurines
8. Gifts for HIM
Swarovski for men
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