Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! A holiday that celebrates love, couples all around the world tend to exchange Valentine’s Day gifts to show their appreciation and affection. Typical Valentine’s gifts usually include chocolate or a greeting card known as a ‘valentine,’ although people can be as extravagant or as simple as needed with Valentine’s gifts.
Origins of Valentine’s Day
How did Valentine’s Day come about? Why is it celebrated on February 14th? The holiday itself is named after Saint Valentine, a man who became a martyr while defying Roman rule in the third century. While different versions of Saint Valentine vary, they all deal with love and romance – whether he is performing marriages in secret, or writing love letters or ‘valentines’ to a girl he fell in love with.
St. Valentine’s Day was declared as February 14th by Pope Gelasius at the end of the fifth century, but it still wasn’t associated with romance. In fact, historians believe that Valentine’s Day was made a feast day to Christianize the Roman pagan fertility festival known as Lupercalia.
It wasn’t until the Middle Ages when Valentine’s Day became known as a celebration of love; one of the oldest valentines to exist dates back to 1415! Valentine’s Day cards are a staple of the holiday, and have expanded to not just lovers, but also permissible to give to friends and family alike.
Now, Valentine’s Day has become a heavily commercialized holiday, with movies and businesses promoting love, sex, and romance with images of hearts, cupids, and love-centric things.
Couples’ Plans for Valentine’s Day
So, how do couples celebrate Valentine’s Day? It could be something as simple as exchanging Valentine’s gifts, or something more extravagant like a romantic vacation or dinner planned out.
For a great Valentine’s gift or Valentine’s date that goes beyond chocolate and flowers, try one of our suggestions below.
- Romantic Dinner:
One romantic Valentine’s gift is to treat your significant other to a wonderful dinner! This could mean taking them to a fine-dining restaurant they’ve always wanted to go to, or cooking a full meal for them at home. A memorable dinner date is a classic Valentine’s date idea for a reason, as plenty of foods like oysters and passion fruit are considered aphrodisiacs.
- A romantic plan for couples:
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To end the experience, you can enjoy a refreshing treat.
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