Day 45 Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day occurs on the 14th February every year and is celebrated by showing love to the people in our lives. There are many stories of where Valentine’s Day originated, however my favourite story is that it started with St Valentine. The Emperor decided that married men did not make very good soldiers and therefore banned young men from getting married. St. Valentine disagreed with the emperor and broke his rules by allowing young people to marry. He was jailed for his behaviours and sentenced to death which would occur on the 14th February. While in jail he met a girl who he fell in love with. He sent her a letter, a love letter, on the day he was killed and signed it “from your Valentine”.

Couples tend to celebrate this day with acts of love, showering their partner with gifts followed by a romantic meal. Many people get engaged on Valentines Day as it is seen as one of the most romantic gestures to propose on this day. Valentine’s Day seems to mostly target couples, which has resulted in single people often feeling pushed to the side, however it doesn’t have to be this way.

I spoke with one of my housemates, who told me her sisters and herself had a really cringe tradition, they send each other Valentine’s Day cards every year. I love this, Valentines Day shouldn’t have to be all about couples, it can be anyone that we love in our lives. When I was younger, I stayed over at my friends house the night before Valentine’s Day and her mum woke us up with presents and a delicious breakfast. It was a lovely day and I think this is the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chloé

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