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Valentine’s Day History

January 30, 2018

Ever wonder why we send tokens of affection to our loved ones on Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day isn’t just a gimmick holiday, made up by card companies, as many believe. The origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to both ancient Roman and ancient Christian traditions. The holiday is associated with the Roman Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually in February. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496. In Rome, Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer that he healed and signed it, “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Later, in 1700s Europe, it took on the more romantic love theme we see today, but it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that Valentine’s Day caught on in the United States.

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Today, we enjoy the day with gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates for the ones we adore. Chester’s Flower Shop and Greenhouses can help you with all your blooming needs. Our staff can help you figure out just what your Valentine will love, and we’ll deliver it for you! Bouquets of reds, pinks and whites reflect the emotion of the day, and in the language of flowers, red roses symbolize passionate love.

Of all the beautiful flowers, the rose is universally beloved and linked symbolically to Aphrodite and Venus, the goddess of love. So, it’s no surprise that a dozen red roses symbolize passionate love and are a favorite for Valentine’s Day. Ask us about options for a custom designed gift to wow your sweetheart on February 14th. We can also include symbols like hearts, cupids, and more to help you get your message of love across.

You’ll be amazed at how something a little different will be enjoyed and appreciated. The key to the best gifts on Valentine’s Day is to show a little imagination. A unique arrangement will demonstrate to your loved ones that you took the time to think about them and what they like!

Give us a call or order online today – we can help you pick out the perfect gift!


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