Valentine’s Day is an annual celebration of love and affection every February 14th of the year. Historically, the day is named after several early Christian martyrs who were named Valentine. Although, there were no romantic connotations for the initial commemoration of the feast day of St. Valentine’s, romantic legends, poems, writings, and artworks through time eventually started to associate courtly and romantic love to Valentine’s Day, and eventually to what we now make of it.
As we all know, the day is marked with sending flowers, giving out confectioneries, preferably chocolates, exchanging greeting cards either commercially made or DIY/custom made, or even giving out jewelries to our special loved ones. Romantic dates and getaways, and the prom season also relate to Valentine’s Day celebration. But more importantly, the season could actually best be revered as also a special day of celebrating love in one’s family.
Looking at the ornaments that adorn our stores and malls right after the holiday season, we can say that Saint Valentine’s Day, now commonly referred to as Valentine’s Day, is now actually celebrated with the same fanfare as much as the other seasonal festivities we observed in the Philippines. Hearts, doves & winged cupids line store window trimmings of the malls, retail shops, and restaurants. Timely, when the town seems to be painted in red, also in anticipation the Chinese New Year, it means that Valentine’s Day is also just around the corner.
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