February 14th is the name day of Roman Saint, Valentinus. It is also said while in prison he healed the daughter of Asterius, the man who jailed him.Legend has it that in his farewell letter to the daughter it was signed “from your Valentine” The first recorded association of Valentine with romantic love was in 1382, in Parlement of Foules, a poem written by Geoffery Chaucer to King Richard II for the anniversary of his engagement to Anne of Bohemia. ["For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."] The first time the idea of giving ‘Valentines’ (cards) to your loved ones was in Britain in 1797, when a clever publisher issued century, paper valentines were extremely popular in Britain, and were manufactured in factories to keep up with demand.Today in the Czech Republic, shops offer a range of flower arrangements and valentine cards specials, and restaurants have special meal deals for two.Of course, making money probably isn’t the only reason the Czechs have started to indulge in candies and flowers on the 14“We think that it was mostly due to companies who first began pushing Valentine’s Day, because it’s primarily a holiday for giving, which means you can use it to sell something.The valentines began being created with lace, ribbon, colors, pictures, etc.In the United States the first mass production of valentines started in 1847.It wasn’t really known until after the Velvet Revolution in 1989.Czechs have traditionally celebrated their lovers on May 1 Presumably, commercialism, retailers, florist, and restaurant owners are the driving force behind Valentine’s Day increased recognition and celebration in the Czech Republic.
Valentine but on July 6th, the former date in honor of the Roman Presbyter Saint Valentine, & July 30th, the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine. Valentinus, but perhaps the most popular story is that he was imprisoned for marrying soldiers who were forbidden, and ministering Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.
But now I realize that – even among my friends – people are saying, ‘Well, you know, I don’t really care about Valentine’s Day, but I’m definitely going to do something little.’ “The gifts that are given in the Czech Republic are similar to what is common around the world; a dozen roses accompanied with small boxes of chocolates, cards, dinner in fancy restaurants, and for those lucky ladies and gentleman some jewelry and perfume.
In the 20 century, it appears cards were not enough anymore and Valentine’s day extended to the giving of candies and flowers. Greeting Card Association estimates there are 190 million valentines sent each year, and when you include the popular tradition of trading valentines in school, that estimation jumps to 1 billion, second only to Christmas with 2.6 billion.
By the 1980’s the diamond business decided to get in on the lucrative holiday by promoting diamonds as the perfect expression of love. The Internet has created new valentine traditions such as e-cards, e-gift cards, love coupons, etc. Today, Valentines day is often called a “Hallmark Holiday” in the United States because of its mass commercialization. Valentine’s day has been celebrated in Anglo-Saxon cultures since the middle ages, but it is a rather new celebration in the Czech Republic.
of February each year in many countries and cultures around the world.
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