Updated: Feb 17
By Aaina Chopra.
Valentine’s Day is known as a day to express your love and care; mostly saying it with flowers, cards, chocolates or some special treat to say "I love you". Ah, how sweet!
Whilst some of you might be celebrating with significant others or having a cosy night in with loved ones, family or a furry best friend; we thought it might be fun to share why this date is globally recognised as the day to celebrate the essence of love!
St Valentine's Day
The story of Valentine’s day can be traced back to the legend of St. Valentine, but there are several stories of who he was. One of the stories traces back to Saint Valentine to a Roman priest who conducted secret weddings against the wishes of the authorities in the third century and got arrested for doing so. However, other stories trace back the legend of St. Valentine to the Bishop of Terni, who was also known to conduct secret weddings.
Many historians have studied the history of Valentine’s Day, but they argue that it is unclear where the story actually came from. There are different origin stories, you can read more about the history of St. Valentine's Day on:
Valentine’s Day only came to be as we know it today in the Middle Ages. In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day. It's association with love was a product of the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer, through his poetry, explored romance stories between members of the nobility and knights. Later other poets, inspired by Chaucer began to write poems – which they called ‘valentines’ – to their love interests. And so, the story of sending Valentines begun…
Today Roses, Chocolates, Cards or Dinner out are high on the to-do list for the day. A newer growing trend is for Pet Parents to buy their little furry ones little treats to also say "I wuff you and you are just purrfect". How cute!
So what is Galentine's Day?
Galentine's Day started when Amy Poehler's character "Leslie Knope" from the Parks and Recreation TV Series said 13th February (Valentine's Day Eve) was a time for her gal-pals to get together and celebrate some "girl-time".
Interestingly Galentine's Day is growing in popularity and is fast becoming a strong online shopping search item~ another date for the diaries Ladies!
Singles' Day in China was originally known as Batchelor's Day, a day to celebrate being Single! The 11th November has now become the largest online Shopping event in the world. Alibaba and JD.com had combined sales of over 115Billion (USD) for the eleven day shopping festival in 2020 and keeps hitting new Sales records for each year ~ talk about a mega Shopping frenzy!!
This year might be a slightly different, due to restrictions of the pandemic, however, we hope you are still able to have a positively lovely and amazing day!
Love is in the air!