Celebrating Love

On February 14 every year flowers, gifts, cards, and chocolates are exchanged between loved ones around the world. Many of us celebrate this day but may not know the history and traditions behind Valentines Day.  This day is celebrated around the world in different ways but they all honor love.

The legend of St. Valentine is still a mysterious one because there are a few different accounts that date back to the third century of people with the same name. One of the stories is about Bishop Valentine who was put in prison for holding illegal marriage ceremonies neglecting the Emperor’s law that no Roman soldier could marry, but he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and started writing her letters and love notes. The night of his execution he signed his last note saying “From your Valentine”.

Similarly Esther Allen Howard broke ground in the valentine manufacturing industry in the mid 1800’s. After receiving her first Valentine she became interested in making valentines, which prompted her to import specific lace and floral decorations from England. This movement started her business in making valentine cards. Her business was very successful and grossed around $100,000 annually. Her valentine designs were developed in England from handmade authentic lace and many were imported to the United States.  According to the Greeting Card Association approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the United States. Over the years the holiday has become more about giving presents

Now lovers from all over the world have honored this day by carrying on the legacy of sending notes to their loved ones. In South Korea women give chocolate to men on February 14 and on March 14 men give non-chocolate candy to women.  In most countries Valentines Day has become a day to let friends know you love them. So let’s not get too consumed with finding the perfect present but rather embrace the history and the true meaning behind Valentines Day.

Whether you have a significant other in your life or not make today about showing the loved ones in your life how much you love them through a nice card, delicious meal or romantic getaway. Let your family, friends or even coworkers know how much appreciate and care for them today!

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