Christmas has come and gone. Most have already cleared away their presents and decorations. The holiday season may be over but there is another occasion coming up. Valentine’s is a day of celebration for lovers and romantics. Those who celebrate the day mark the event with a gift, an evening out to dinner and even a movie.
Almost everyone around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, many of us don’t know the origin of this heart-warming tradition. During your romantic meal or while you are making the final touches to that special home-cooked feast for two, you can regale the story with your special someone. It started with a story about someone who sacrificed in the name of love.
On February 14th, the eve of the feast of Lupercalia, the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and drawn by the Roman boys. They were then partnered for the festival. At times they would fall in love and eventually marry. When Emperor Claudius II was in power, he was having difficulty getting men to join his army and believed it was due to a hesitancy to leave behind loved ones and lovers. As a result, he voided engagements and marriages. A priest named Saint Valentine was sympathetic to those wanting to join in a wedded union and married the couples in secret. When he was found out he was sentenced to death and consequently befriended by the daughter of the jail guard. She offered so much friendship and solstice before his death that when his time came, on February 14th, he left her a note thanking her and signing it “Love from your Valentine.” And so began the tradition.
It was quite a dramatic story. It is a testimony of great sacrifice for something that we can all take for granted at times.
This Valentine’s Day, make sure your loved one feels appreciated. You can purchase your partner any number of beautiful gifts and cook many tasty meals. But the best gift of all is something that lasts a lifetime. Something practical and used daily. How about giving your loved one a new functional kitchen to prepare future meals in? By talking to a qualified kitchen designer you can turn a disorganised and old kitchen into something that is a pleasure to be in. And most of all, functional in every way possible.
By visiting our Craftbuilt Kitchens showroom in Brisbane you can start “shopping” for ideas that will eventually become a fantastic kitchen, your perfect Valentine’s Day gift.