One of the biggest days of the year is Valentine's Day, because it is the lover's holiday. This day is celebrated on February 14th and it is traditional for lovers to exchange gifts. The three big gifts on this day are: flowers, cards and chocolate.
However, where did these gift traditions come from?
Valentine's Day flowers began as a tradition in the 17th century, since roses, which represent love in all its forms, were the flowers of choice for the day. The rose is supposed to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Goddess of Love, because it stood for strong feelings. As a result, lovers began giving flowers to those they cared about to show their love for each other.
Throughout schools, we all gave cards to our classmates, but where did this tradition of Valentine's Day cards begin? Back in 1415, Charles the Duke of Orleans wrote a poem for his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London on Valentine's Day. By the 19th century, it was the most popular way to show your love on the special day. Nowadays, 600 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged by children with teachers, classmates and family members.
What would Valentine's Day be without chocolate? Well, we can thank the Spanish explorers who brought chocolate back to the Old World from the New World in the 17th century. Soon enough the popularity increased in Europe and chocolate, possibly for its aphrodisiac effects, became the candy of choice for the lover's holiday.
So, knowing all these traditions, which one would you choose to show your love to your beloved one?
Happy Saint Valentine's Day!! Enjoy this lovely day!