Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is the Chocolate Day!  Somehow over the centuries, the Feast of Saint Valentine has evolved into a chocolate festival.  Whenever I look up a notable day, its history is sourced in religious events and commemorations.  So today, we find that numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.  The first link of St. Valentine's Day with romantic love is associated with Geoffrey Chaucer: 

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

["For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."] - for those of you who did not take first year English in University, or have forgotten, like me.
Chocolate has been associated with Valentine's since the 1900's and Diamonds came along in the later part of the 1900's as a Valentine's Day gift. So today is a day of greetings and gift giving.

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