February 14th has long been held as a day to celebrate love. The Roman Feast of Lupercalia was held on this day in honour of Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage.
Roman women would write love letters and put them in an urn, from which the men would draw a note at random and proceed to pursue the writer with declarations of love. The festival was later replaced with the Christian celebration of St. Valentine’s Day, although there are multiple suggestions as to who the real Saint Valentine might be.
Of course, the cynics out there will argue that Valentine’s Day is another pointless tradition and that true romance is dead and buried – not hiding in rose petals and chocolates. One advocate of this perspective is actress Dame Helen Mirren, who recently told Woman & Home magazine that practical considerations are more important to a lasting relationship than romance.
However, many still see the 14th February as the opportunity to celebrate love and their own special relationship. According to a recent American study which calculated the number of cards bought during nine different seasonal celebrations, Valentine’s Day saw over 150 million people purchasing cards, placing it second only to Christmas and demonstrating the importance that this celebration still holds for the public.
Racking their stressed-out brains with only days to go, people often find themselves trawling the high street aimlessly for gift inspiration. With that in mind, anyone looking for the perfect present without the last-minute rush might like to check out the great range of Valentine’s gifts at Littlewoods.com. You’ll find a variety of gifts for him – or her – that are sure to impress.
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