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ST. VALENTINE'S DAY

Kseniya Fomina
May 22, 2024

In the midst of February, a special day arrives, wrapping the world in a warm embrace of love and affection. February 14th, known as St. Valentine's Day, has become a universal celebration of love, where hearts flutter and emotions take center stage✨💗As we exchange tokens of affection and share heartfelt messages, let's discover the stories and origins that make this day so magical;)

Join me as we explore the fascinating facts and the sweet evolution of St. Valentine's Day—a day that paints the world in the colors of love, connecting us all in a shared celebration of heartfelt connections💘🍫🍩

The origins of St. Valentine's Day are shrouded in mystery, with several legends attributing the day to different martyrs named Valentine. One popular belief is that it honors a Roman priest named Valentine who defied Emperor Claudius II's decree against marriages for young men, secretly uniting couples in matrimony. Another tale suggests Valentine helped prisoners escape and sent love notes during his confinement, signing them "From your Valentine”📜💌

The celebration evolved through the centuries, with mentions of romantic notes and tokens of affection dating back to the Middle Ages. By the 18th century, exchanging cards and flowers became customary, eventually leading to the commercialized celebration we recognize today❣

Cupid, the mischievous Roman god of love, plays a significant role in St. Valentine's Day iconography. 👼💓Often depicted with a bow and arrow, Cupid is believed to shoot arrows of love, causing people to fall deeply in love. The heart shape, roses, and the colors red and pink also became associated with the day, symbolizing love and passion🏹💘

While St. Valentine's Day has its roots in Christian traditions, it is now celebrated worldwide in various ways. In Japan🎌, women traditionally give chocolates to men on Valentine's Day, while men reciprocate a month later on "White Day." In South Korea 󰏮 , there's a unique twist with an additional day called "Black Day," where singles gather to eat black noodles and commiserate🍜

St. Valentine's Day, with its rich history and global traditions, has become a day to celebrate love in all its forms As we exchange cute little presents🎁💝 and appreciate the company of our loved ones, let's remember the enduring legacy of St. Valentine and the timeless sentiment that brings people together on this special day.

Happy Valentine's Day, Svitlo School Family💐

Whether you're a student, teacher, parent, or part of our supportive community, today is a reminder of the love and connection we share💋May your day be filled with smiles, warmth, and a sense of togetherness!🥰