Yes, that time of year is coming sooner than you think! January has only a few days left, then whoosh here comes February the month of romance and Valentines.
No one knows for sure where Valentine’s Day comes from, but there are a couple of popular theories. Some believe that Valentine’s Day started in ancient Rome with the celebration of Lupercalia, a day which honored Lupercus and Faunus and the founders of Rome. It was celebrated on February 15. Another theory is that there were two saints and a priest named Valentine. One saint was executed on February 14th and 227 years later, Pope Gelasius named February 14, Valentine’s Day for him. The priest named Valentine disobeyed the Emperor and secretly married couples.
According to web sources, the modern day celebration of Love began in England and France.The first Valentine was sent in 1415 on February 14 when a French Duke was in jail and sent a Valentine to his wife. Valentine’s candy was first given in the late 1800’s. Valentine’s Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. In addition to the United States, England, France, Australia, Canada and Mexico celebrate this special day. In the United States alone, over a billion cards are sent to mark the day. Roses are the traditional flower to give on Valentine’s Day and over 100 million roses are usually sold in the three-day period around Valentine’s Day.
How did Cupid get involved? He is the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards with his bow and arrow, which when shot at someone inspire magical feelings of love. So there you have a very brief history of Valentine’s Day.
Check the eventkeeper listings and you’ll find that Fremont Main, Niles and Irvington are all celebrating Valentine’s Day with special programs. So enjoy Valentine’s Day whether you have a special sweetie or not. Celebrate the love in your life from family and friends. And have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!