Valentine's Day: History, Curiosities and Gifts

Valentine’s Day: History, Curiosities and Gifts

In a few days, it will be February 14, the day in which the Lovers’ Day is celebrated in more than half the world. In addition to making proposals for gifts for Valentine’s Day 2020, we will tell you the story behind this celebration and several curiosities that will surely surprise you about this saint, how it is celebrated in different parts of the planet and how long this tradition has been linked to love and romance.

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Best Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day 2020

Five Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

1 – It is said that the final resting place of the remains of Saint Valentine is in Madrid, where they were moved at the end of the 18th century, a gift for valentines day from Pope Pius VII to Charles IV, and that they rest in a church in Malasaña, that of San Antón, known throughout Spain for the blessings given every January 17th to the pets that hundreds of faithful bring to the temple that day.

Father Angel, founder of Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace), an NGO that manages the church of San Antón, was the one who proposed a few years ago to create a new tradition among Madrid’s lovers and visitors from anywhere: any couple can hang a “lovers’ ribbon” on the gate behind which the relics of Saint Valentine are kept in an urn.

2. Among the many saints called Valentine, in addition to those we have mentioned at the beginning, there is a woman, St. Valentina, martyred in Palestine in the year 308 of our era. If you prefer to celebrate Saint Valentina to offer resistance to the patriarchy, you can do so on July 25.

3. The haters were not born with Twitter. In the middle of the 19th century and until the 1940s, vinegar valentines were very popular: printed cards and notes to give to unwanted suitors.

If traditional cards expressed with all their strength “I love you”, these vinegary Valentine’s Day cards expressed in a sour and comical way precisely the opposite emotion. Today they are a precious object for collectors.

4. Valentine’s Day in Spain was introduced as a commercial attraction. You are wrong if you are thinking about the department store you are thinking about. Not at all. In 1948, Galerías Preciados published an advertisement in the newspaper ABC, which was simple but full of Marketinian hopes, asking: “How can we not predict the most brilliant success for Valentine’s Day in Spain? Saturday, February 14th!

5. Here are some figures and statistics that show the importance that continues to be given to this day… Every year about 1,000 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent out. This year 2020, it is estimated that 135 million Americans will spend $20 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts and favors.

And we hope you’re clear on that, because 43 million people who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day will, to their regret, receive a gift, spending $9.5 billion on gifts that no one wants…

Who Was Valentine?

At least three male saints are the main candidates for the position of patron of lovers in the Christian tradition, the three Romans and the three martyrs. One of them was martyred in the Roman province of Africa and there is hardly any information about his life.
Another was the bishop of the Italian city of Terni (in his time called Interamna), his patron saint’s day is still celebrated on February 14 and his remains are kept in a silver urn on the high altar of the basilica of this town, which is named after the saint.

On the day of his festivity, the Festa della Promesa is celebrated in this temple – still in the 21st century – where Italians and people from other parts of the world come to get engaged in marriage in the presence of Saint Valentine; the couples already married renew their will to stay together for the rest of their lives.

A Roman Priest From the Third Century

But the strongest candidate is the Roman priest Valentine, who was executed in the third century A.D. under the rule of Emperor Lucius Domitius Aurelian, successor of Marcus Aurelius Valerius Claudius Gothic. You may wonder why this executed priest became the patron saint of lovers.

Because Claudius Gothic forbade nothing more and nothing less than marriage between young couples because singles were better soldiers and the empire needed military forces for their campaigns. Thus he tackled the problem at its root. One must think that these political strategies that today may seem to us to be nonsense were very common in the Low Roman Empire .

To the priest Valentin that prohibition seemed to him an outrage and as the good man that he was, committed to his community, he continued celebrating marriages between young people in love in secret. When he was discovered, he was executed -supposedly- on February 14, 270. His remains, also allegedly, were buried in the Via Flaminia, outside the city of Rome. In fact, it seems that the today known as Porta del Popolo was called St. Valentine’s Gate.

Although the historical aspects about the patronage of love attributed to Valentine are not very objective, what is an unquestionable reality is that heroism and a halo of romanticism covered this very empathetic character, making him the Christian symbol of the defense of love.

Why Is It Celebrated on February 14th?

As we have said above, the priest Valentin was executed on February 14, 270 and it is reasonable to think that this day was chosen to commemorate him. However, there is no Christian holiday that does not have its origin in a much earlier pagan celebration.

Just as Christian temples were often built on the basis of temples dedicated to very ancient deities before the expansion of Christianity, Western festivals, as we know them today, are a continuation, which was adapted over the centuries, of festivals that began to be celebrated in remote times, associated with the cycles of nature, important moments in human life, such as birth or death, and fertility, mainly and among others.

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Lupercal, the Pagan Holiday That Preceded Valentine’s Day

The lupercalia or lupercales was a festivity that was celebrated in Rome in the middle of February since approximately the sixth century B.C. and was related to rites associated with fertility. It included practices that now seem far removed from our modern vision of romanticism, such as animal sacrifices, violent elements and a strong sexual charge.
After the ritual sacrifice of goats, the priests, called luperci, cut strips from the backsides of the animals and, naked, ran through the city hitting the women with those strips, called februa, who received as a welcome that consecration of fertility on their skin.

Another activity carried out in the lupercales was the random choice of a couple with whom to stay for the duration of the lupercalia; it could happen that the couple stayed together until the festival of the following year and many of them fell in love and ended up getting married.

Since When Is the Day of the Lovers Celebrated?

The lupercals were forbidden at the end of the 5th century A.D. It was Pope Gelasius I who prohibited them in order to establish in their place the saint’s feast on February 14, 494. So, since the 5th century the saint of love was already in the calendar, although it would not be until a few centuries later when his name would appear associated with courtly love.

A 15th Century Valentine’s Day Card

The first known Valentine’s Day “card” dates from 1415. It was a poem that Charles, Duke of Orleans, wrote and sent to his wife, Bonne de Armagnac, when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the battle of Agincourt: it is no longer about romanticism. She was 16 and he 21, and he refers to her as “his Valentine”. The poem, written in mid-early French, begins with these two verses: “Je suis desja d’amour tanné / Ma tres doulce Valentinée” (“I am already crazy in love / My very sweet Valentine”). And so much…: the duke would spend 25 years locked up in the tower.

It is not surprising that the first manifestations of this celebration link the saint we are dealing with to literature. The romantic love, as we understand it nowadays, is a pure and hard literary invention that begins in the 11th century, of course, in France: the polite love -fin’amor in Occitan language, which is the first in which this concept was developed-.

Love Notes for Valentine’s Day: From Court to Popularization

Thus, in the sixteenth century, in the French and English courts, the term “Valentine” was used assiduously as an appellation to refer to the beloved among the aristocracy. Already in the middle of the 18th century in England, friends and lovers of all social classes -we must take into account that the literacy rates in this country were the highest in that time- exchanged for Valentine garments of love and handwritten notes with tender messages and promises of eternal devotion شراء عطور

In the 19th century and in the spirit of the industrial revolution, a whole British industry had been created dedicated to the printing of Valentine’s Day cards in which there was no lack of verses, flowers, cupids and hearts to tutiplen.

Valentine’s Day in the United States

This custom was transferred to the New World; in the British colonies of North America, at the beginning of the 18th century, handmade cards -called valentines- were given as gifts. It was a woman from Massachusetts who began marketing Valentine’s Day cards in the 1840s in the United States. Esther A. Howland realized that the cards were imported from England and were not always within reach of American pockets.

Using all sorts of fantastic and colorful decorations, such as ribbons, tissue paper, and lace trimmings, she began to produce valentines on a large scale on an assembly line where highly paid employees hand-made these beautiful cards, the design of which is still used today.

In Victorian times, when feelings had to be repressed, on Valentine’s Day brightly colored cards were given to express so much contained emotion in a demure way هدايا الرياض

In some countries, far from the worldly noise due to historical reasons, Valentine’s Day did not appear as a tradition linked to the act of giving until the 20th century. In Spain it was not until 1948 that it began to be celebrated on February 14, and in Russia it has been celebrated since the 1990s, after the fall of the Wall.

 

Top 10 Fathers Day Gifts

Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts

Do you want to give a gift to dad on March 19th? Your father probably doesn’t smoke or wear a tie, so what better than to choose an original Father’s Day gift that fits his hobbies and tastes, is practical for him to use every day, or allows him to enjoy his free time more? Here is our selection of ten ideas that will help you choose an effortless gift that you’ll be sure to get right from CSYZ.

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The Best Gift Ideas For Father’s Day 2020

The booklet Dad, you’re a pain in the ass is a great Father’s Day gift: the most original way to say “I love you” to your father with a sense of humor. 27 illustrations and a lot of fathers’ phrases that overcome the barriers of several generations: dad will swell up laughing recognizing himself in those “commonplaces” that make our parents more human. Very cool design and content: because father there is no more one …

Does your father like beer? Is he an experimenter? Then a perfect gift for him is the kit to brew his own beer at home and on tap. It’s not just any beer, far from it… It’s German beer and there are three kinds to choose from: lager, pilsner, or wheat. It is very easy to prepare and in one week you can taste it by serving it directly from the barrel, which can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks. Dad will enjoy a fresh beer with the satisfaction of having brewed it himself, what more could he ask for?

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A practical and sustainable Father’s Day gift is the reusable Rocketbook Fusion notebook/agenda/planner – you won’t waste any more paper or misplace your notes. It has seven-page styles for organizing tasks, weekly schedule, monthly planning, and more. Its 43 acrylic pages allow you to write, draw and erase as many times as you want -and correct as you like, easily and without erasures-, then everything you want to keep is scanned from an app and uploaded to the cloud services your parent usually uses. It is available in two sizes: A5 and A4. Gift.

This book for your father to tell you his life story is a two-way street: once he completes it, you will want to read it and keep it. With a very careful binding and a clean, simple, and contemporary design, it has been specially created for Dad to remember, write, and share. Divided into four thematic blocks, it poses questions for your father to fill in and also includes spaces for pasting photos and other memories.

Practical gifts are always a good idea; if your father is skillful and likes to make his own arrangements when necessary, he’ll find this retro-style truck that comes in a screwdriver box (ten bits, a handle, and four precision screwdrivers) very useful. Compact, tidy, and with a very cool design. Check out this video


The limited Leonardo edition of the life-long pencil created by Pininfarina will be a gift for daddy that is both innovative and classic in equal parts. Made of solid maple wood, the tip is made of Ethergraph, a material developed by the Italian design firm that leaves on the paper an indelible and fine line similar to that of a pencil. This special metal alloy is inspired by the silvertip that Leonardo da Vinci used to draw his engineering projects. It includes an elegant desk stand that makes it a real luxury object that you can use for many, many years and leave as a legacy to those who deserve it 🙂

Is there anything better than a beer that is cold to the last sip? If your father is demanding in this sense and practices extreme similarity when it comes to enjoying his favorite drink, a double-walled chilled glass like this one made of borosilicate is the best gift. Not only does it keep the beer cold for a long time, but it will also pass the test with flying colors for parents who don’t want to give up a stylish and contemporary design at aperitif time or when accompanying their lunch or dinner with a good artisan or premium beer at an ideal temperature.

The retro flavor of accessories from the British firm Gentlemen’s Hardware will charm your father, especially if he has a dandy spirit… They are practical accessories that are stored in carefully designed metal or wooden boxes with an unmistakable vintage air: to clean the trainers or shoes, get a manicure, keep the bike ready and repaired, prepare perfect cocktails or go out well equipped on their trips to the countryside. They are very stylish, durable, and functional Father’s Day gifts.

Among Alma’s editorial gamebooks of wit and logic you will find more than one great gift idea for Father’s Day. Riddles, puzzles, police enigmas, created to stimulate lateral thinking, to keep the neurons active… A gift for your father to give to the center and that will guarantee him hours of entertainment demonstrating his capacity of deduction, his perspicacity, and the good state in which he maintains his brain.

The Miss Miserable mug with a message expressly designed for parents will succeed if your parent has a sense of humor… With the phrase in white over black “Dad, you’re a pain” printed on the front, it will be a way of communicating with him that will bring out his best smile.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

We have selected the ten best gifts for Mother’s Day 2020, which next Sunday, May 3, is celebrated in Spain. Although we will most likely remain in quarantine, your mother deserves, perhaps more so in these circumstances, a gift that will excite her and remind her that everything will be fine.

At this time, whether their work is essential and they are still going to do it every day, in healthcare, transport, the armed forces and police, basic supplies, food and basic services, pharmacies…, or whether they are teleworking or have a recoverable permit, they are still making sure that everyone at home copes with this situation as best they can. It is not superfluous to pay tribute to them by taking advantage of the fact that they have a day set aside for them on the calendar.

Best Ideas For Mother’s Day Gift

Whatever their work, their personality, tastes, passions, and hobbies, in Curiosite you will find some detail among these proposals that are distinguished by being original, cool, inspired, and inspiring.

What to give a creative mother? This diary book to tell you the story of her life is likely to be a big hit with her because it has a beautiful binding, a contemporary design, space to paste photos and other mementos, bookmark tape… It doesn’t lack detail, but the best part is that it’s a round-trip gift: once your mother completes it, you’ll want to treasure it.

The little book Mom, you’re a pain in the ass collects 50 mother’s phrases, a little homage to all the mothers in the world who for many years took care of us, looked after us, and educated us without asking anything in return. It analyzes that special variant of the language that is the mother tongue, full of common sense. Authentic epigrams that condense a pearl of timeless wisdom and that taught us to be better people. Even if sometimes we were a little crazy and didn’t understand a word they were saying.

If mom is a tea drinker with gourmet tastes, she will be thrilled with Kusmi teas: a signature that dates back to 19th century Russia and that today can be enjoyed with one of four selections of five cans of different and exquisite varieties of this infusion, such as the Prince Vladimir blend, with black tea, orange peel, bergamot, grapefruit and lime oils. The design of the cans is so beautiful and evocative, that in addition to their content, they are already a real gift in themselves.

One of the gifts for a mother that are always welcome is the large size moon lamp: it has our satellite map printed in 3D on its surface and has three different lighting modes: orange, bright white, and dim white. It includes a simple wooden stand and measures 20 centimeters in diameter. It also works with a rechargeable battery via USB (with cable included), so it does not consume batteries and is less polluting. Because she deserves you to give her the moon…

For mothers with green fingers and lovers of original and charming decoration, a nice pot with a cool design will be a sensational gift. Our selection of original pots allows you to give a change of scenery to any space without making big investments. Animal-shaped pots, inspired by Frida Kahlo, magnetic to put on the fridge door… More than 20 ideas to making your gift to mom a success.

Is there anything better than a beer that is cold to the last sip? If your mother is demanding in this sense and practices extreme similarity when it comes to enjoying her favorite drink, a double-walled chilled glass like this one made of borosilicate is the best gift. Not only does it keep the beer cold for a long time, but it will also pass mom’s test with flying colors, because she certainly doesn’t give up a stylish and contemporary design at aperitif time or when accompanying her lunch or dinner with a good handcrafted or premium beer at an ideal temperature.

For your mother who supports and works for the cause of all women, these vases designed in Barcelona by DOIY in the shape of a woman’s fist are a fantastic gift for the first Sunday of May: decorative, positive, vindictive, and supportive. 5% of the sales of these combative vases are donated to For All Womankind, an NGO that actively contributes to the empowerment of women around the world.

For mothers who telework or have to spend a few hours a day in front of the laptop, this bamboo table designed to be able to work comfortably is a very practical gift for mothers that will make life a little easier. Bamboo is a very strong, eco-friendly, and durable material that provides a stable base for your laptop, with ventilation holes, a built-in mouse pad, a cable port, and a small storage tray. In addition to being functional, its design is stylish.

Your mother does not know everything she knows by infused science, but because she is a great reader. So that she can read comfortably whether she is at her desk, on the sofa, or the bed, this cushion-tray is a great help for those who read it more than a passion, because it avoids holding heavy books and fits any posture, angle, or surface. At home, outdoors, on the beach, or by the pool, this innovative lectern will allow mom to concentrate on her reading as she likes.

To relax and unwind, there is nothing like activity as focused on full attention as putting together a puzzle. And more this puzzle of the map of the moon’s surface. Perfect for giving Mommy’s brain a well-deserved break before she stops caring about others and taking care of herself. 500 pieces and 48 centimeters in diameter once completed. For her, it will not be a challenge but a beautiful escape valve.