Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine card using Brown Dog Gadgets Paper Circuits Kit

Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated on 14th February around the world. Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. 

Valentine Cards – the practice of sending love messages developed  by people sending special cards expressing their affection. Cards were usually handmade by the sender and individually designed to show how much they loved the person. Valentine’s Day is most commonly associated with romantic love. Around billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged across the world each year, making it the second largest card sending time of the year after Christmas. Our card show is a design by Brown Dog Gadgets but made by me using paper circuits.

Chocolates – the Valentine’s Day tradition of giving a box of chocolates was started in the 19th century by Richard Cadbury, from the chocolate manufacturing family. With a new technique recently established at the company to create more varieties of chocolate, Cadbury pounced on the opportunity to sell the chocolates as part of the Valentine’s celebrations.

Flowers – Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with a single red rose although often bouquets of flowers or a handpicked bunch of flowers are sent to the loved one. Approximately 50 million roses are received on Valentine’s Day around the world.

Special Meal – local restaurants often have special meals for you and your loved one to spend this special day. Supermarkets also offer special meals for Valentine’s if you want to spend the evening at home.

Love Quotes – A few of my favourite quotes:

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage” Lao Tzu

“We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love”. Dr. Seuss

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”— Henry David Thoreau

Whatever you do have a great Valentines XX

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