Valentine's Day, the day of love, flowers, and heart-shaped chocolates, has a long and fascinating history. But how did this romantic holiday come to be? There are many stories of how Valentine’s Day came to be, so let's take a journey through time and explore some of the origins of Valentine's Day traditions.
Who was Saint Valentine?
Legend has it that Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Roman priest who lived in the 3rd century. He defied Emperor Claudius II's ban on marriage and secretly performed weddings for young lovers. Talk about a rebel with a cause! Saint Valentine was eventually arrested and executed on February 14th, which is why we celebrate Valentine's Day on this date.
The Rise of Romantic Gestures
In the 18th century, Valentine's Day took a leap forward in the realm of romantic gestures. People began exchanging small tokens of affection, such as flowers and chocolates. By the 1900’s the first Valentine's Day cards were mass-produced. Who needs a Hallmark card when you can have a handwritten love note, right?
From Poetry to Love Notes
During the Middle Ages, the holiday transformed into a day of courtly love. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem in 1375 called ‘Parliament of Foules’ which had a line ‘For this was on Valentines Day’. Inspired, it became customary for knights to give their beloveds handwritten love notes, known as "valentines." Imagine receiving a handwritten love letter in the age of emojis and text messages! Talk about old-school romance. :)
Modern-Day Love Fest
Today, Valentine's Day has become a global celebration of love and affection. It's a day to show appreciation for your significant other, friends, and family. From candlelit dinners to heartfelt gifts, people go all out to make their loved ones feel special.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to show your love and affection than with a sweet gift? This year, why not take a trip down memory lane and surprise your special someone with a retro sweet gift? These nostalgic treats are sure to bring back fond memories and put a smile on their face. Whether you're looking for a sweet gift for her, a thoughtful present for him, or something special for your significant other, we've got you covered with our selection of Valentine's Day retro sweet gifts.
Even though there are several stories surrounding the origins of Valentine’s Day, let's not forget the true essence of Valentine's Day: love and connection. Whether you're in a relationship or flying solo, take this day as an opportunity to spread love and kindness to those around you. After all, love makes the world go round!