Happy Valentine's Day
The first Valentine's Day was in the year 496!
Having a particular Valentine's Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival.
The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February (13th - 15th). The men sacrificed animals in the believed this would make the females fertile. Thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They'd be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they'd get married.
Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine.
Gradually, St Valentine's name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.
The practice of sending love messages developed into people sending special cards expressing their affection. These cards were beautiful creations handmade by the sender and individually designed to show how much they loved the recipient. Cards would usually contain sentimental verses, proclaiming the beauty of the receiver and how much they were loved.
Saint Valentine's Day cards were decorated with pictures of cupid, hearts, and flowers and trimmed with lace and ribbon. These images are still used today to symbolise love and are recognised all over the world.
Today - Valentine's Day is most commonly associated with romantic love, with millions of Valentine's Day cards being exchanged each year. Gifts of flowers or a single red rose are sent with romantic messages to loved ones and couples spend special time together.
Don't forget your loved one this valentines day, Here are some close Florists:
- Floret Boutique
- Code Bloom
- Fox and Rabbit
- A Little Bunch
- Beans and Bunches
- King St Collective
- Hello House Plants