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VALENTINES DAY

BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE & MEANING

February 14th, the day when hearts around the world beat in the rhythm of love - in all its facets! Valentine's Day is more than just a tribute to romantic relationships; we celebrate special friendships and all the connections that enrich our lives. But what's the real story behind this day, and why does it fall on February 14th?

WHERE DOES VALENTINE'S DAY COME FROM?

The roots of Valentine's Day extend far back into the history of ancient Rome. According to legend, St. Valentine, who lived in the 3rd century, is considered the famous namesake of the day. He is revered as the patron saint of lovers because he performed Christian wedding ceremonies for couples, despite the imperial prohibition. After the weddings, Valentine is said to have gifted flowers from his own garden to the couples.

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY ON FEBRUARY 14TH?

The exact origin of the date remains unclear, but it is believed that February 14th is associated with the death anniversary of St. Valentine, observed as his commemoration day. Since the Middle Ages, this day has been used as an opportunity to express affection through small tokens. However, in the 1950s, the tradition reached its historical peak and has been celebrated worldwide ever since.

WHAT IS THE PERFECT GIFT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY?

The question of the perfect gift is a common concern. Whether for a woman or a man, the choice is always individual and diverse. True classics include flowers, chocolate, and jewelry. However, it's not just about material gifts. A home-cooked dinner, a romantic stroll, or simply spending time together are equally significant gestures. On Valentine's Day, it's about appreciating the personality of your loved one and expressing love in a way that resonates with them.

IS IT CUSTOMARY TO GIVE MEN GIFTS ON VALENTINE'S DAY?

Absolutely! Valentine's Day is by no means reserved only for women. It's a wonderful opportunity to show love and appreciation to the men in your life. Personalized jewelry and accessories or shared experiences are fantastic ways to bring joy to special individuals.

IS VALENTINE'S DAY ONLY FOR LOVERS?

Contrary to common belief, Valentine's Day is not exclusively reserved for romantic love. In Finland, for example, the day is celebrated as "Friendship Day." People exchange flowers and personal cards to celebrate their friendships. Worldwide, Valentine's Day is celebrated as a day of love that includes not only romantic partners but also family members, friends, and even oneself.