Red roses, jewellery, heart shaped chocolates and the cutest teddy bears. Spicy lingerie, candlelit dinners and cards bearing “I love you’s” (or other more ingenious declarations of affection) .

On February 14th, lovers (actual and aspiring) around the world, take the opportunity to express their love and undying devotion in in all sorts of -often- imaginative and resourceful, ways.

 

But why this day? How did February 14th   become a contemporary feast of love?

The prevalent version nowadays favors the story of St. Valentine -the day is named in his honour after all. Valentine was a Roman priest, in fact the patron of epileptics. He and St Mario continued to marry Christian couples, in defiance of Claudius Gothicus’s decree. The cruel Emperor was having a hard time drafting soldiers for his military campaigns. He attributed this to men being reluctant to leave their loved ones and their families behind to go to war, so he banned marriage. The two priests were arrested, tortured and killed for their actions. While Mario has been more or less relegated to oblivion, Valentine is lavishly celebrated every year on February 14th, which is allegedly the day of his death. (more…)

February the 14th marks Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love and the opportunity to show that special one in your life just how much they mean to you (if you don’t do that every day anyway!). You probably already know lots about the tradition and history of Valentine’s Day, which takes its name from a Christian Saint who was martyred during the Ancient Roman era (there’s a nice cheery connection to a day celebrating love). February the 14th is the day when Saint Valentine is honoured, which is why it is officially known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. What you probably didn’t know though, is that Valentine’s Day has a strong connection to Greece, and perhaps not in the way you’d think, so read on for more…

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