With Valentine’s Day on Friday 14th just around the corner, you have an opportunity to show that special person how much you adore him or her. Have you made plans to get chocolates and flowers or thought about booking a restaurant yet?
You will get plenty of reminders as soon everywhere will be teeming with red hearts, red flowers, red balloons, and red anything for Valentine’s Day. I wonder how many people know that Valentine’s Day is actually Saint Valentine’s Day. It is dedicated to a man who rebelled against authority in the name of protecting love. Though the story of Saint Valentine is shrouded in mystery and one we will likely never solve, some say that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men.
Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret for young lovers. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
One legend has it that he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer and shortly before he was to be executed, sent her a letter, signed “from your Valentine”. And so was born the first “valentine.” Valentine’s Day first became associated with romance and love during the time of Jeffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love first flourished. By the 18th century in England, it had evolved into an occasion when lovers, and hopeful lovers, expressed their affection for each other by presenting flowers, offering gifts and sending amorous cards. That tradition carries on today.
For those in a relationship or hoping for one, statistics inform us that many will mark the occasion by giving flowers, chocolates, a romantic book or jewellery, lingerie, perfume or by preparing a special meal, going out for dinner or just by relaxing at home with a glass of bubbly.
If you are restricted by work obligations try and do something, even if you only exchange cards, email or a phone call on the day. Then postpone that walk or romantic get together until the following weekend. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year why not make a special weekend of it. It gives you the opportunity of going away for a romantic break, think London taking in a show or a cosy hotel in the countryside or on the coast with enjoyable walks and welcoming pubs.
If you are staying local, our Fabulous Food & Drink Guide has a great selection of pubs with food, but remember it is Friday night and Valentine’s day so get your booking in early as these venues are all very popular and maybe fully booked if you leave it too late.
Whatever you do remember that love is about spending time together. Showing kindness and respect towards each other, this can be done on every day of the year not just on February 14th.