The story of Valentine’s Day

The story of Valentine's day


The story of Valentine’s Day

 It comes from the time of the Roman Empire, under the rule of Emperor Claudius the Second, also known as Claudius the Cruel.

At that time, Rome involved in many bloody wars, so Claudius was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military

leagues. He believed that men did not want to leave their lovers or families. As a result, he forbade all marriages and

engagements in Rome.

During this time a Christian priest named Valentine began to secretly marry couples despite the emperors orders. When Emperor

Claudius discovered this disobedience, Valentine was sent to prison, where he ended up losing his life on February 14 in the year


Valentine’s Day is also linked to the pagan festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on February 15 by young Romans

centuries before Christ. The celebration concerned all young people of marriageable age in the country. The tokens representing

all the young girls were placed in a love urn and the young lads each drew a token and the couples paired off. During the Roman

occupation of Britain, the idea was brought to this country and adopted by the ancient Britons. When people were converted to

Christianity, the pagan and Christian festivals were merged as one; which then was celebrated on St. Valentine’s day, February


The story of Valentine’s Day

Valentine gift

In Saxon England and after, on St. Valentine’s day for a boy customarily to give the girl of his choice a love token, usually a pair

of gloves because the glove was a sign of authority since olden times. In Norwich, years ago, on St. Valentine’s eve packages

containing all kinds of gifts laid on doorsteps. They were anonymous and usually just with the message “a Good-morrow to

you Valentine” and ring or knock on the door after depositing the package then disappear. Some parcels contained valuable

presents while others were considered to be a kind of lovely joke, being wrapped in many layers of paper with a little notes of

encouragement within: “Never despair”.

Valentine Card

It was not until the 15thC that the first greeting card was produced because, before that time, parchment was scarce and the

majority of people were illiterate. The forerunner of the paper Valentine was first seen in the 17th C. With the use of envelopes in

1840 the popularity of the Valentine card increased. In Victorian times, the Valentine card was often delicately made out of lace

paper, velvet and satin ribbons, embossed with the best quality material. These cards often had secret panels in them, hiding

secret messages to the girls concerned. Nowadays, this kind of card is still popular to give, people use a add – note paper

which is secretly in card, specially Pop up card.

The story of Valentine's day

In 1872 the Post Office began to allow parcels below 12 ounces in weight to send by letter post. This news led to the fact that

Norwich alone two days before St. people send alentine’s eve 150,000 letters containing small gifts through the post. From that

time, the custom of leaving presents on doorsteps decreased in importance.

Other parts of Britain also has ther customs. In Peterborugh, sweet plum buns called Valentine Buns. Uppingham, they five

gingerbread lovers. In Rutland, buns shaped like a weaver’s shuttle and called a Plum Shuttles’ were made for children. In the

17th C, pepple give silk stockings, jewelry and perfume to the ladies as expensive gifts.

As a tradition in Wales, wooden love spoons are carved and given as gifts. Hearts, keys and keyholes are favorite decorations on

the spoons, meaning “You unlock my heart.”


Flowers are the most common gift to give the loved one. Charles II of Sweden, in the 18th century, who introduced the idea of

flowers symbolizing emotions, and the red rose singled out for love. The number of roses has meanings too:

  • 1 rose = love
  • 12 (a dozen) = gratitude
  • 25 = congratulation
  • 50 = unconditional love

The story of Valetine's day

The high-heel for Valentine’s day.

Today, red roses stand for passionate love, pink roses for friendship, white for purity, both red and white mean unity. People use

symbol of rose for create gift, painting on card, making chocolate. Beside that, they have an ideas of mix all Valentine’s day

pattern to a special kind of card – Pop up card. In this card. Inspite of the development of printed card, pop up card has its own

mental value to everyone.

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