Unlike other holidays that are celebrated on different dates in different countries, Valentine’s Day is recognised the world over as falling on 14 February every year. Florists, restaurants and jewellers gear up for one of their biggest days on the calendar, and red roses are almost an endangered species by the time 15 February rolls around.
The first mention of Valentine’s Day associated with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules by Geoffrey Chaucer, penned in 1382. He wrote:
“For this was on seynt Volantynys day,
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”
For those of you whose olde English is a bit rusty, it means “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
Since that time, Valentine’s Day has become the date for lovers, and collecting antique Valentine’s cards is a hobby enjoyed by many. Couples go out for dinner, take romantic walks on the beach, and generally profess their love for each other throughout the day.
If you are in a romantic relationship and are looking for ideas of what to do this Valentine’s Day, the Valentine’s feature in the following pages should put you on the right track.
Whether you are trying to get advice on gifts, fun dates, or just tips on how to negotiate the minefield that Valentine’s Day can sometimes become, you’re sure to find the answers to your questions within.
So don something red, put some love in your heart, and celebrate Cupid’s favourite day with the rest of us here at What’s Hot!
Happy Valentine’s Day!