Valentines day is a day that is dedicated to the celebration of love, romance and friendship all over the world. While each country and culture has their own ways of celebrating, there are a few traditions of this day that are common globally. Valentines Day is said to have been first celebrated by the Romans, and today not only has this ancient festival of love and romance become popular but there has been a steady increase in its popularity globally, especially amongst the younger generations.
History of Valentines Day Celebrations
Valentines Day is supposed to have originated during the Roman Empire, where people celebrated the god of fertility on this day, this day was also marked as the start of spring and was celebrated as the feast of Lupercalia. During Roman times young boys would draw out chits from a box with the names of girls written on them, they would then be considered as a couple for the period of a year, at times these matches would become serious relations even leading to marriage. Gradually these celebrations took on a Christian hue and 14th of February was christened as St. Valentine’s Day. People would celebrate by feasting and making merry with their near and dear ones and exchanging tokens of love between couples.
Present Day Celebrations
Today it is celebrated on a large scale all over the globe, this simple festival of love and romance has taken on a more commercial hue with more and more people participating in the celebrations. It has become a day where people go on dates and exchange gifts with their partners or attend grand parties.
While there are various Traditions that are still followed, the most popular of them is the tradition of exchanging flowers, chocolates, jewellery and other gifts not just between lovers but amongst friends as well. This festival has slowly evolved from a festival of love between lovers to a festival of love and friendship amongst people.
People also love celebrating by going out on dates or having a candle light dinner or going on a vacation where they get to spend time with each other. Other ways that people celebrate is by attending Valentines Day balls, dance parties at night clubs or at hotels or even at their homes, many people are seen attending private parties that are hosted at their homes or friends places where they get to spend time and enjoy with close friends and families. Nowadays we also see an increase in activities for kids, where kids parties are arranged and they have fun with friends.
In this section we look at the various ways that you can celebrate Valentines Day this year, we will also help you with ideas and tips on how to organize a party at your place and have fun with friends and family or how to plan a romantic vacation for yourself and your partner or plan a surprise candle light dinner for your partner.
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