14 February – Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine's Day - Elizabeth Place

Today is Valentine’s Day! Surprise your loved ones with a thoughtful card, homemade chocolate treats, or a beautiful flower arrangement!

For centuries, people have celebrated February as the month of romance. In Ancient Rome, for example, a bachelor would pick the name of a young woman out of a hat during the festival of Lupercalia. He would be paired with his chosen woman for the year and often ended up marrying her.

The tradition of sending romantic greetings on the feast day of St Valentine emerged during the Middle Ages. St Valentine was a Roman priest who secretly performed marriages for young lovers forbidden to wed. Today, Valentine’s Day is a popular occasion for romantic dinners, gift exchanges, and weekend getaways.

On the flip side, this holiday has a growing number of naysayers who believe that Valentine’s Day is too commercialised and too cheesy. Want in on the fun? Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day!

(Source: punchbowl.com)