The history of Valentine’s Day

To get you in the mood for a bit of romance, we’re taking a look at the history of Valentine’s Day and how you can make the most of this romantic occasion in the heart of Norfolk.

Origins
The origins of Valentine’s Day lie in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time, the 15th February was a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia. However when Pope Gelasius I came to power he rebranded it as a Christian festival and declared February 14th St Valentine’s Day.

The St Valentine he was honouring is thought to have lived around 270 AD. The saint was said to have performed secret marriages against the wishes of the then emperor who preferred his soldiers to remain bachelors. When he was caught, St Valentine was quickly put to death, meeting his end on February 14th.

Chaucer
It wasn’t until the 14th century that the feast day was linked with romantic love. English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem in honour of the engagement of England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. In it, he associated Valentine’s Day with mating birds and the royal engagement, starting an enduring tradition as he went.

Valentine’s cards
The tradition of giving cards on Valentine’s Day developed over a number of years. In the UK, Valentine’s cards had become popular by the 18th century, however in the US, the tradition didn’t become common until the 1850s. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, around 25% of all cards are now sent on Valentine’s Day.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Whether you believe in Valentine’s Day or not, it’s impossible to deny that putting some dedicated time aside for your loved one is a great way to strengthen a relationship. Putting thought and effort into planning a treat shows your partner you really care, while spending some quality time together can be great for your relationship.

If you’re thinking about whisking your other half off for a night away in the countryside this Valentine’s Day, Norfolk is the perfect destination. Give us a call today on 01485-571765 to book your room or Click here to go to our Valentines page on our website.

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