When is Valentine’s Day
The question that comes into our minds every year in February is; when is Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is the most recognisable ‘love’ day celebrated on February 14th every year around the world where couples, friends and families shower their better half with gifts and tokens of love and appreciation. The 14th of February has become so embedded in the majority of people’s annual traditions, that without a doubt, they will always celebrate this day and use this day as a gorgeous excuse to treat their special ones.
For all of you who do plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just remember Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday. Due to Valentine’s Day 2021 falling on Sunday, 14tth most restaurants and retail stores follow regular Sunday opening hours in Australia.
If you ever want to know more about what dates Valentine’s Day is going to be celebrated on, follow this chart and you will never forget to get those early Valentine’s bookings secured, whether it’s boxes of chocolates, red roses or divine french Champagne, whatever your heart desires remember to always get those booking in early so you don’t miss out!
Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day, also referred to as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is commemorated every year on February 14 for numerous reasons! Why do we celebrate it as a love day all around the world some may ask? Well, one reason is if we are going back to Saint Valentine, he was a man who married couples in secrecy which proves to be a noble, romantic gesture in itself and another reason is the famous english poet; wrote the first valentine poem which celebrated love between a man Charles Dukes and his wife while he was in jail in London. So, once upon a time February 14 began as a western christian feast day remembering Saint Valentine and now in the twenty first century, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a notable religious, cultural and commercial festival of love and romance in many parts of the world.
These days, in the contemporary world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated not just to appreciate your partner as such, but it is a day to celebrate whoever you love and appreciate in your life. Whether it is your mum, dad, sister, brother, lover or best friend! Valentine’s Day has taken a whole new level of celebrating love for those we care about the most, and so, you ask why we celebrate Valentine’s Day still? Why not we say! One reminder though we like to keep in mind is, although there is a day literally dedicated nationally to show tokens of love and gratitude for our loved ones, let’s celebrate our loved ones everyday because the universe can never have enough love, right?!
Who was Saint Valentine?
On february 14, every year without a doubt, we are filled with excitement and are incredibly occupied showering our loved ones with special dinners at our favourite restaurants, gifting each with the finest wines and champagnes, and endless other romantic gestures. However the mysterious question which not everyone may know, is who is Saint Valentine? When we say “mysterious” we quite literally mean it because if you search all over the internet, you will see there are many stories about the saint, or “saints” we should say, because some speculate there were three. The Saint Valentine we celebrate on February 14th for various reasons happens to be Saint Valentine of Rome.
The Saint Valentine of Rome was believably a Roman priest who performed secret weddings in the third century against the wishes of sovereignty. Saint Valentine was imprisoned in the home of a noble, and leading up to his death, he had healed his captor’s blind daughter making the whole household convert to Chrisiantiy. On February 14 in AD 269, Saint Valentine was decapitated near Rome by anti-Christian Emperor Claudias II. The crime that led Valentine to his death was the kind act of helping soldiers to marry when they were forbidden by the Christian faith at the time. It is Saint Valentine of Rome who is widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly affiliated with ‘courtly love’.
What is the Meaning of Valentine’s Day?
The meaning of the word Valentine derived from the Roman name Valentinus, which is known to be a masculine name and derives from the Latin word valens, which means “Strong and healthy”. Fascinating right? When we think of the meaning of Valentine’s Day and the reasons why this day is nationally known to celebrate romance and love, it all goes back to the Roman saint who left this world in honour of marrying couples when it was seen to be illegal. That, in itself is a true act of celebrating love and romance. The meaning of Valentine’s day truly carries such a romantic and light association yet back in the medieval times, it was quite the opposite.
The romantic meaning of Valentine’s Day started after an English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to record St. Valentine’s Day as a day of romantic celebration in his 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules”. After the 1400, Valentine greetings became more known and widely sent to loved ones. A poem known to be the oldest Valentine to date, was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.