On Valentine’s Day , the town is painted red — balloons, stickers, cupcakes, you name it. Shops overflow with red dresses, red roses, and red handbags. You see lovers walking hand in hand, basking in new love . Clubs, discos and other favorite hangouts are teeming with young couples , looking for a moment of togetherness. Then again, couples in love need not be young or drop dead gorgeous. Valentine’s Day looks beyond differences. The origins of Valentine’s Day are not clear but many sources believe that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE. The ancient ceremony included putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would then be paired off until the following year. The Christian church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names in hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew. However, it was once again girls’ names that ended up in the box by the 16th century. Eventually the custom of sending cards or chocolates to those whom one admired became the accepted Valentine’s Day ideas. Early versions of Valentine cards fashioned of satin and lace and ornamented with flowers, ribbons, and images of cupids or birds appeared in England.
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.
It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. For example, Valentine’s Day in Finland refers to “Friend’s day”, which is more about remembering all friends rather than focusing solely on romance. Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as Day of Love and Friendship). It is similar to Valentine’s Day customs and traditions countries such as the United States but it is also a time for many to show their appreciation for their friends.
If you still end up forgetting, make it up to your partner. Muster up your romantic gene. Cook a romantic dinner . Plan an intimate getaway. Bring the guitar out of retirement, and serenade your partner with Aerosmith’s ” Falling in love is so hard on the knees.” Maybe even use some extra-mushy love quotes , or write a love letter .