Valentines Day 2018
In 2018, Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 14th.
When Do We Celebrate Valentines Day?
Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated each year on the fourteenth of February. When Christianity was introduced, Valentine’s Day was celebrated on the 14th, which is the Saint Day that celebrated some early Christian martyrs named Valentine. King Henry VII of England officially declared the 14th of February to be Valentine’s Day in 1537 and the holiday is as popular now as it ever was.
Why Do We Celebrate Valentines Day?
Valentine’s Day, while being known as a loving and carefree holiday, has dark origins. St. Valentine was a Roman priest who was arrested and imprisoned after he was caught marrying Christian couples. He was beheaded near Rome for his alleged crimes by the emperor Claudius II. He has since been associated with courtly love and is often thought of as “Cupid”.
Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated mainly in the United States and encourages couples to show their love and affection for one another. Many other countries also celebrate Valentine’s Day, as well. However, places such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan do not support the holiday, claiming that it promotes drinking alcohol and casual sex.
There are many customs that both men and women stick to when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is associated with cards, flowers, jewelry, stuffed animals and many other gifts. It is custom to give your loved one, either your married partner or someone you are dating, a gift to show love and affection. Red and pink is a color that is typically associated with the holiday, as well. Another custom is to take your loved one out to a fancy dinner or to cook them a homemade meal. Valentine’s Day is a day to show affection and love in whatever way you see fit.