The Valentine’s Day festival is celebrated in countries around the world!
It is interesting to note that the popularity of this ancient festival has grown several times and is said to be increasing every year as more and more people are influenced by the idea of celebrating love and lovers. The current generation holds the festival in great esteem and celebrates the day by expressing love not only to their boyfriends, but to all who appreciate and appreciate them.
Early Valentine’s Day celebration
It is said that Valentine’s Day originated in pagan times when people celebrated on February 14 in honor of the God of Roman Fertility. This February Fertility Festival celebration that also marked the beginning of spring was known as the Lupercalia Feast. At such festivals, the boys would take the girls’ names out of a box. Then they would be considered a couple for a year. Sometimes these couples fall in love and even get married. The Christian Church decided to turn the pagan event into Christian celebrations in honor of Valentine’s Day. Little by little, people started celebrating on February 14 by expressing love for their girlfriends.
In the fourteenth century, Valentine’s Day began to be celebrated with their loved ones and a large party was organized to commemorate the day. In the 16th century, the custom of exchanging gifts between lovers with the delivery of Valentin’s paper began. Initially, Valentine’s Day cards were usually made by hand and given anonymously. During the 19th century, much larger hand-painted copper plates molded in the shape of hearts replaced electronic paper cards.
In later years, copper plates gradually gave way to woodcuts and carvings and lithographs. In the middle of the 18th century, Valentine’s Day became popular among the masses and it became a common tradition for all social classes to secretly exchange small love tokens or handwritten love notes, called Valentine. In the 19th century, the custom of sending Valentine’s Day greeting cards in series began. This custom is fashionable nowadays.
Celebration of Valentine’s Day in modern times
Currently, Valentine’s Day celebrations are massive in several countries around the world. The festival has become a popular festival of appointments and gifts and, therefore, has a great social and economic importance. It should be noted that Valentine’s Day began as a romantic festival, but today the festival has increased in scope. These days, Valentine’s Day is considered essentially as a festival that celebrates the love between individuals and not just lovers. Therefore, people want a “Happy Valentine’s Day” for parents, teachers, siblings, friends or any other special person for them.
Although there are several traditions and customs associated with the festival, the most popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to express love to lovers and loved ones with an exchange of gifts. Some of the most traditional Valentine’s Day gifts exchanged between lovers are fresh flowers, chocolates and cards. Jewelry is also rapidly emerging as the most sought after Valentine’s gift for women. In the modern technologically advanced age, the exchange of text messages between friends and loved ones has become a norm.
Going to dates with the beloved is the other important way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Restaurants see a busy time as people celebrate the day of romance with a candlelight dinner. People also participate in Valentine’s parties and dances organized by various clubs and hotels.
Private parties are also organized in houses and farms where young people and adults have fun. Some couples take advantage of the occasion to propose to their loved ones, while others chose to participate in the festival that celebrates love and lovers.