Valentine’s Day, or as it is more formally known, Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated on 14th February each year.
A man named Valentinus was martyred on February 14 late in the third century A.D. This much we know. But when it comes to details about the life of St. Valentine, legend often supersedes fact. The Valentines that are commemorated are actually two Italian saints, Valentin or Valentnus, who share the saint’s day of 14th February. There’s nothing especially romantic about the lives of the two original Valentines, they were both martyred for their faith, in Ad 197 and AD 269 respectively. The first reference in print to Valentine’s Day is found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The parlement of foules [The Parliament of Fowls], circa 1381; indeed Chaucer may have invented Valentine’s Day!
So, on this day in history…
1929 Sir Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin after leaving a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered
1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the Olympic ice skating championship with the free dance performance of Ravel’s Bolero.
2006 MPs (Members of Parliament) voted to ban smoking from all pubs and private member’s clubs in England.
2013 Oscar Pistorius, who had recently competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics as a runner, was arrested over shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
In ancient Rome, 13, 14 and 15 February were celebrated as Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival. This seems to be the basis for a celebration of love on this date. It was marked in a subtly different way in those days, however. According to a classics professor at the University of Colorado, young men would strip naked and use goat- or dog-skin whips to spank the backsides of young women in order to improve their fertility; an early IVF, if you will!
And if you were lucky enough to be born on February 14th, your personality is defined by charm, romanticism and impulsiveness. Throughout your life, you’ll have noticed that people cannot help but gravitate to your personality. While you are always social, you are also a natural romantic and your astrological stature continues to have impact when we look at:
More so than any of the other Aquarius Decans, you have an emotional and sensitive nature. This quality allows you to love wholeheartedly and with passion. In love, your passion may be short-lived however, as you quickly fall in and out of love. In all aspects of your life, restlessness will be an issue, but luckily your warm personality will take you far.
Your sensitivity may do well in humanitarian careers, such as teaching, counseling or advising. On the other hand, your compassion and determination would be a great fit for politics, which was the case for Michael Bloomberg, who was also born on February 14th. If the world of entertainment is alluring, your charm and warmth may be a great fit for media or film, much like Meg Tilly, another of your celebrity birthday twins.
The Sabian Symbol for your birthday is a garage man testing a car’s battery with a hydrometer! This symbol relates to the power of your mental efficiency. You have the skills and knowledge to apply to all aspects of your life. When you embrace these gifts, there are many things that you can accomplish.
St. Valentine has wide-ranging spiritual responsibilities. People call on him to watch over the lives of lovers, of course, but also for interventions regarding beekeeping and epilepsy, as well as the plague, fainting and traveling. As you might expect, he’s also the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages. So with that in mind here’s our guide for guys (and gals) when buying Valentine’s Flowers
1/ When choosing, think about
❤️ Colours – you can pick your colour palette from strong hues to dusty pinks
❤️ Design – you can opt for simplicity, originality or extravagance depending on your loved one’s personality
❤️ Message – try to convey something personal, even if it’s the length of a Twitter message
2/ Use a reputable florist for
❤️ Friendly and helpful customer service
❤️ A wide variety of flower arrangement options
❤️ Skilled Designers
Not all florists are created equally!
We know that flowers are a fantastic way to express what is often difficult to express in words. By sending flowers on Valentine’s Day, with a little extra thought, your love and respect will shine through
“Flowers from Holland – for when flowers matter”