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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, iscelebrated as the lovers day every year all over the world on February 14. Ithas been customary to exchange gifts on this very special day. Flowersoverpower 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 yourvalentine.

Roses, especially, red and pink roses are the favorites oflovers on the Valentines Day since the roses have been the symbols of loveright from the Victorian times. But, any red or pink flower is the most commonchoice and further there is no steadfast rule as to which flower is to begifted on Valentine's Day. You can choose any flower which your soul mate likesmost.

Saint Valentine was said to have demonstrated courage andvalor in helping Christian martyrs being persecuted under Emperor Claudius IIin Rome, during a time when giving any kind of aid to Christians was considereda crime. Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned for this crime. He wascondemned to death. He was beaten with clubs, stoned and finally beheadedoutside the Flaminian Gate. After his death, this gate was known as PortaValentini, later being renamed Porta Popolo.

There is a legend that says while awaiting his execution, hebefriended his jailer's blind daughter whose sight he restored to her.According to Alfonso Villiegas, in his book "Lives of Saints" thejailer was Asterios, one of the Emperor's lieutenants. He and his family wereconverted to Christianity by St. Valentine, and they were condemned to death byClaudius 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 howValentines Day evolved.

Gifting flowers dates back to the 1700s when Charles II ofSweden introduced the Persian custom of the language of flowers to Europe. Therose has become the traditional Valentine's Day flower. As rose flower hasalways been the popular flower, the meaning of the red rose is still well knownas the flower of passion and love. The red rose is also the favorite flower ofVenus, the goddess of love, which helped give the rose its symbolic meaning.Within roses, there are various factors like colors and numbers of the flowersthat 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 flowersfor gifting on Valinentine's Day. Consider the personal likes and dislikes ofyour valentine before you choose a flower for your valentine.

If your valentine is at a distance and you plan to send Valentine'sDay 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 tokeep 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 andre-cut the stem. Next, submerge the entire flower in warm water.
4. Potted plants are also a popular gift. Like arrangements, keep them in acool location and avoid heat drafts or dry air for longer colour.

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