Valentine's Day Origin & work Outfit Idea

Hi everyone,

Today I'm sharing the story behind Valentine's day. Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day, holiday (February 14) 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.

Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. The first commercial valentines in the United States were printed in the mid-1800s. Valentines commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, traditionally the seat of emotion. Because it was thought that the avian mating season begins in mid-February, birds also became a symbol of the day. Traditional gifts include candy and flowers, particularly red roses, a symbol of beauty and love.

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  2. I love researching and reading the history of things like modern day holidays and how they came into being. That was a fun read! And this red dress is absolutely gorgeous on you!


    1. Thank you Shelbee - I loooove that dress :-)

  3. You look really amazing in that red dress, and what an interesting story too.

  4. Such a lovely red dress on you and would be fun for an office Valentine's themed event! We don't really do any dressing up or anything for Valentine's day, it's not a big deal here in Australia.

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

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    1. Thank you Mica. I didn't do much on Valentine's day as hubby was on business trip but I enjoyed the dress up part of it. XO

  5. You look stunning in this dress. Thanks for joining us for the Style Six linkup. I'm choosing you as my favorite for this weeks post.


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