History of Valentines Day in Ireland

History of Valentine's Day in Ireland

History of Valentine's Day in Ireland

Valentine's Day, also known as St. Valentine's Day or the Feast of St. Valentine, is a holiday celebrated on February 14th in many countries around the world, including Ireland.  It is a day when people express their love and affection for each other, often through the exchange of gifts and/or cards.

The origins of Valentine's Day can be traced back to ancient Rome, where it was originally a celebration of the Roman god of agriculture, Lupercus. However, the holiday became more closely associated with love and romance in the 14th and 15th centuries, likely due to the influence of courtly love and chivalrous traditions in literature.

In Ireland, the celebration of Valentine's Day has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. It was believed that birds began to mate on February 14th, and this served as the inspiration for the holiday. It was also thought that this was the day when the Irish "Saint Valentine" performed miracles and secret marriages.

The first recorded Valentine's Day celebration in Ireland took place in the 17th century, when a group of young Irish men and women exchanged love notes and small gifts as a way of expressing their affection for one another. This tradition continued to grow in popularity over the centuries, and by the 19th century, it had become a widespread celebration in Ireland.

In the 20th century, Valentine's Day in Ireland became increasingly commercialised, with the day being used as an opportunity for businesses to sell cards, flowers, and other gifts. Today, it is a popular holiday in Ireland, with many people exchanging cards and gifts with their loved ones to show their affection.

Some people choose not to participate in Valentines Day, even if they are in a relationship, due to the commercialisation of the day.

Despite its commercialisation, Valentine's Day remains an important holiday in Ireland, and it is a time for people to express their love and appreciation for one another. It is a day when people take the time to show their loved ones just how much they mean to them, and it is a day that is celebrated with joy and happiness all across the country.

While Valentine's Day is now celebrated in many different countries around the world, it is particularly significant in Ireland, where it has a rich and storied history that dates back centuries. It is a day that is deeply ingrained in Irish culture and tradition, and one that is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by people of all ages.

A gift that keeps on giving like a book subscription is an excellent way to show someone special how much you love them.

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