Origins of the Valentine’s Day Traditions
Whether you need a little inspiration for Valentine’s Day presents for your loved one, or you are just in love with the annual day of love, here are the Valentine’s Day traditions you may not have known about…
The Origins of Valentine’s Day
Valentine was said to be a Christian Priest during the time of the Roman Empire. Emperor Claudius was apparently having difficulty in getting men to join his military campaign, as they didn’t want to leave their lovers. This resulted in Claudius banning marriages and engagements in Rome! Valentine was responsible for marrying many young lovers secretly, although for this he was imprisoned for the remainder of his life. February 14th marks the anniversary of Valentine’s death.
It is a commonly observed tradition to exchange love notes or cards called ‘Valentines.’ These are usually embellished with decorative symbols such as love hearts, red roses, or little cupids. This was a tradition which began in the Victorian era and to this day Valentine’s notes are often sent anonymously with personal messages handwritten inside.
Wining and Dining
A very special Valentine’s day tradition is to enjoy a candlelit dinner with your loved one. A romantic and mouth-watering three-course meal is perfect for impressing your significant other – to top off the special evening, enjoy a luxury bottle of champagne with our compliments before retiring to your room. Many choose this special setting to propose to their loved one, so if you were considering it, our romantic Valentine’s experience is the ideal time to do so.
Valentine’s Day holds a strong tradition of indulging your loved one with gifts of affection. The most popular gifts include, chocolates, teddy bears and fresh flowers. A single red rose is traditionally symbolic of love, and we can have one ready at your table for your loved one when you arrive. It’s the perfect way to tell your partner how much they mean to you on the most romantic day of the year!