Valentines Day history lesson
Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day, is a day when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.
Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day may have taken its name from a priest who was martyred about 270 CE by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and, by some accounts, healed from blindness. Other accounts hold that it was St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop, for whom the holiday was named, though it is possible the two saints were actually one person. Another common legend states that St. Valentine defied the emperor’s orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. It is for this reason that his feast day is associated with love.
Aye so that’s all a bit heavy!!!
Great Valentine’s Day Gifts
Forget flowers and chocolates guys and gals here’s a Crazy Happy Guide to some fab gift ideas
Wow your special someone with a surprise couple shoot to get them feeling super loved up. You could even propose during it if that fancy takes ya (warn me first if thats the plan tho okay!!) I do vouchers so get in touch if you’d like one.
I’m a sucker for a good tune and love a night out at a gig. I photograph a lot of them (see my other website) but love the chance to go ot one just for fun! Check out this list of great gigs happening in NI soon from BBC ATL for some inspiration.
Date Night Vouchers
We are all busy bees this day and age so plan ahead. It doesn’t have to be fancy -grab some paper and a few sharpies and you’re good to go. vouchers for a night out with cocktails, dinner for two, even a movie night or a netflix and chill. The thought and time will be way more appreciated than random spending.
Written in the stars
One of my besties got me a star chart made for the time my little girl was born and I have to say I LOVE it!! If you have a specidla date or time why not nick the idea at The Night Sky
Hate the entire thing
Screw it you do you!!! Here’s a fab list of anti-valentines gifts!!
And don’t forget you can get a thoughtful gift for a friend, your ma,your cat I mean it’s just about sharing the love and thankfully unlike the history lesson above none of us gals are a lottery prize so it’s already a win!