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VALENTINE'S DAY

Background knowledge & meaning

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

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.