Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine was initially a Western Christian Liturgical feast day honoring one or more of the early saints named Valentinus.
The holiday was recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many countries around the world, however, it isn’t a public holiday in any country.
One of the more popular legends, and the reason it’s known as a holiday of love, is that St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roan Empire.
According to legend, during Saint Valentine’s imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
The day first became associated with romance during the 14th century, when courting your love flourished. In England during the 18th century, the holiday evolved into an occasion where lovers expressed their love for each other by giving them flowers, candy and sending greeting cards, known as valentines.
In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys were given to lovers as a romantic symbol encouraging the other to unlock the giver’s heart.
Valentine’s Day is Big Business
In the United States alone, close to 200 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent between lovers every year. This doesn’t include the hundreds of millions of little cards sent to the country’s school children to other classmates.
Additionally, Valentine’s Day has become increasingly commercialized and a popular gift-giving event in recent decades, with Valentine’s Day themed advertisements encouraging spending on our loved ones.
In fact, in the United State alone, the average Valentine’s spending has increased every year, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013.
The Little Things Matter Most
It may be a big business, that keeps getting bigger, but it’s still a special day to show the one you love just how special they are to you and you don’t have to do it with money.
The best way to show that special person in your life how important they are to you is with three simple words, a nice dinner and some special “alone time”.
It’s my hope that you have someone special to spend this day with because everyone deserves to be loved.
Happy Valentine’s Day!