St. Valentine´s Day

14 Feb

Valentine´s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14th, honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

The day first became associated with “romantic love” in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion where lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards, known as valentines.

The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer. He wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

Nowadays, it´s quite common for people to get engaged on Valentine´s day, Christina Applegate got engaged to Martyn Lenoble in 2010, Harrison Ford proposed to Calista Flockhart on holiday in 2009, and Vince Vaughn proposed to Kyla Weber at their home, also in 2009.

Some celebrities even get married on Valentine´s day! Romantics include Salma Hayek, who married Francois-Henri Pinault in a small civil ceremony in Paris with their daughter (aptly named Valentina!) in attendance as a flower girl in 2009, supermodel Adriana Lima married Marko Jaric in Jackson Hole, Wyoming the same year (their daughter, also called Valentina was born the November after), and Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher married Nicole Appleton in 2008 in London after 8 years together.

So if you´re thinking of proposing or getting married on this romantic date, incorporate a little “Valentine” into your flowers (traditional roses), colours (soft pink lighting looks great), food (pink sugar-rimmed Cosmopolitan and chocolate cakes drizzled with raspberry syrup), or favours (chocolate truffles with handwritten messages).

Happy Valentine´s day!

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