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The History of Valentines day

By es2011exeter  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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St. Valentine's Day, popularly known as Valentine's Day, is

celebrated as the lovers day every year all over the world on February 14. It

has been customary to exchange gifts on this very special day. Flowers

overpower all other gifts on the eve of the celebration of love since flowers,

flowers and flowers only can convey the special message of love to your

valentine.

Roses, especially, red and pink roses are the favorites of

lovers on the Valentines Day since the roses have been the symbols of love

right from the Victorian times. But, any red or pink flower is the most common

choice and further there is no steadfast rule as to which flower is to be

gifted on Valentine's Day. You can choose any flower which your soul mate likes

most.

Saint Valentine was said to have demonstrated courage and

valor in helping Christian martyrs being persecuted under Emperor Claudius II

in Rome, during a time when giving any kind of aid to Christians was considered

a crime. Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned for this crime. He was

condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs, stoned and finally beheaded

outside the Flaminian Gate. After his death, this gate was known as Porta

Valentini, later being renamed Porta Popolo.

There is a legend that says while awaiting his execution, he

befriended his jailer's blind daughter whose sight he restored to her.

According to Alfonso Villiegas, in his book "Lives of Saints" the

jailer was Asterios, one of the Emperor's lieutenants. He and his family were

converted to Christianity by St. Valentine, and they were condemned to death by

Claudius II. Furthermore, according to legend, on the eve of Valentinus' death,

he wrote a farewell message to the jailer's daughter and signed it. This is how

Valentines Day evolved.

Gifting flowers dates back to the 1700s when Charles II of

Sweden introduced the Persian custom of the language of flowers to Europe. The

rose has become the traditional Valentine's Day flower. As rose flower has

always been the popular flower, the meaning of the red rose is still well known

as the flower of passion and love. The red rose is also the favorite flower of

Venus, the goddess of love, which helped give the rose its symbolic meaning.

Within roses, there are various factors like colors and numbers of the flowers

that convey specific meanings.

Although roses are the most popular Valentines Day flowers,

such other flowers like lilies, alstroemeria, iris, tulips, daffodils,

hyacinths, carnations, tuberoses, freesias, etc., are also very popular flowers

for gifting on Valinentine's Day. Consider the personal likes and dislikes of

your valentine before you choose a flower for your valentine.

If your valentine is at a distance and you plan to send Valentine's

Day flowers, the internet now-a days enables you to do so at just a click away.

In any case, flowers make the perfect Valenentine's Day flower gift

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Care for Valentine's Day Flowers by Edna Sherrell Florists -

Exeter

1. Water is the most vital aspect of flower care. Try to

keep the flowers in water to keep them fresh.

2. Keep the flowers cool. Warm temperatures shorten the life of the blooms.

3. When the flowers start to wilt, remove the stem from the arrangement and

re-cut the stem. Next, submerge the entire flower in warm water.

4. Potted plants are also a popular gift. Like arrangements, keep them in a

cool location and avoid heat drafts or dry air for longer colour.

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