Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with warmth and love.
Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated annually in many countries around the globe on February 14th. Many gifts include flowers, chocolates, jewelry, special cards and an assortment of personalized items. You may wonder: How did Valentine’s Day come to be and what is the significance of the historical and legendary Saint Valentine?
Saint Valentine’s Day commemorates the early third-century Roman saint, Saint Valentine, for which it is associated with traditions of courtship and love. According to legend, Saint Valentine was imprisoned and healed the warden’s daughter with whom he fell in love. Prior to his last moments, he wrote her a final farewell letter that was signed “From Your Valentine.”
The earliest record of Valentine’s Day was documented in The Parlement of Foules written by English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer in 1382. Directly translated from his poem, Chaucer wrote: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” It was believed birds tenderly paired in mid-February and this was associated with the love of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is widely recognized as a day of romance and devotion that is acknowledged as a gift-giving event for significant others and loved ones.