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Valentine's Day History: Background of the Celebration of Love

Updated 17 January, 2023
Valentine's Day History: Background of the Celebration of Love
Discover the history behind the celebration of Valentine's Day and its background! From its ancient origins in Roman and Christian mythology to modern-day traditions, explore how this day has evolved over time. Learn about the saints said to be connected with Valentine’s Day and why we now exchange gifts like cards, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry as tokens of our love. Get inspired to find that perfect gift for your special someone this Valentine’s Day!

What is valentine's day about?

Every February 14th, love overflows in most parts of the planet Earth. This whole day is dedicated to demonstrating how much we care for others and it could be either with your best gifts, words, or actions, that’s completely up to you. What matters here, is to remember your loved ones you’ll always be there for them, that’s what Valentine’s Day is about.

How did it start?

Centuries ago, in 1382, Geoffrey Chaucer, an English writer, wrote a poem entitled Parliament of the Birds., in which Valentine’s Day is mentioned for the first time as a day of celebration for lovers. Since Chaucer’s poem, Valentine’s Day began to be considered a day dedicated to love, as we know it today.

Who was Saint Valentine and why do we celebrate Valentine's day?

Saint Valentine of Rome is the name shared by three martyred saints who lived in ancient Rome. According to a legend, the priest signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and, by some accounts, healed from blindness. Because of this and some other legends, the feast of Saint Valentine was first declared around the year 498 by Pope Gelasius I.

The future of Valentine's Day: Trends and Predictions

Valentine’s Day celebration goes some centuries back to the 1400s but is still strongly important nowadays. Every year, the amount of money spent by Americans to get the best gifts for their valentine raises substantially.

For 2021, the pandemic was not an obstacle, $21.8 billion were spent on buying flowers, clothing, and jewelry and this just rose for 2022 with a total of $23.9 billion

This means our current 2023 won’t be an exception, as products like skincare and lingerie are getting more popularity

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