Valentine's Day - Remembering the day of love
Valentine's Day is that time of the year where we take a step back from our busy lives and appreciate the ones that make it worth living. With its origins lost between the shadows of history and myth, modern day Valentine's Day is first a commercial event and only second a day of cellebrating love (there - we said it!).
From the online survey conducted, we found that 60% of Tellwuters celebrated Valentine’s Day. With COVID-19 still impacting our life, going outside for a romantic dinner & a movie seems a little too risky. But on the brighter side, around 54% of our members said that they will go above and beyond to ensure that they celebrate valentines with their loved ones – even if it is just a nice homemade dinner!! About 50% of Americans and 46% Canadians stated that they exchange Valentine’s day presents with their significant others and some of the most googled valentine’s day gifts includes chocolates, flowers, apple watches and perfumes.
In the US, Valentine’s Day is a significant event at schools too! Elementary schoolers make cards for their friends, teachers, and parents at school. Worldwide, about 1 billion Valentine cards are sent annually. Around 45% parents in USA and Canada claimed that they celebrate valentine’s day with their kids as well.
Celebrating love is not just about one special someone! It's everyone that makes us feel special, everyone that we trust and feel close to. It's about loving ourselves too! And if we need a day in the year to remind us to feel that, so be it!
Much about how this holiday came to being remains unknown, details lost to time and transformed as romantics retold history. Feb. 14 commemorates the martyrdom of Saint Valentine in Catholic belief, who was a Roman priest beheaded in the third century for secretly performing weddings, defying a ban on marriage that had been imposed by the Emperor as a solution to a military recruitment crunch. Others says that Valentines Day has its origin in the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, a Roman celebration for health & fertility.
Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, our ability to express love has connected us for centuries. Expressing love has been the topic of many poems, stories, movies and life tales throughout humanity's existence and will continue to exist well beyond us.
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