Saying it with flowers is still so very special
AS we approach Valentines Day this year, we pause a moment for reflection, to remind ourselves how Valentines Day came about and why we send flowers?
According to legend, Valentine’s Day originated during the third century in Rome. During this period, Roman Emperor Claudius II decided that married men did not make good soldiers, so in order to grow his army he outlawed marriage for young soldiers.
A young priest named Valentine was furious with this injustice and defied Claudius by continuing to perform clandestine marriages for young lovers in secret.
As legend would have it, in order to remind these men of their vows and God’s love, Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment, giving them to these soldiers, a possible origin of the use of hearts on St Valentine’s Day.
Valentine also supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire, Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask him to perform marriage for them. Amethyst has become the birthstone of February, which is thought to attract love.
Emperor Claudius II eventually discovered Valentine’s actions and sentenced him to death.
During his time in jail, Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s blind daughter, Julia. Before he was put to death, Valentine sent a letter to her and signed it, “From Your Valentine” — an expression we still use today.
Valentine was then executed and then sometime later, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 a day to honour Valentine, who by that time had become a saint.
Today, we continue to honour St Valentine on February 14 by celebrating our love for significant others, friends, and family.
The history of giving your loved one Valentine’s Day flowers comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers. Today, people continue to send flowers on Valentine’s Day to express sentiments of love and admiration. So whether you believe in the legend or not, Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder to all of us, during our busy lives, to stop for a moment, reflect and to share our love with those dearest to us. And what better way to say it than with a gorgeous bunch of flowers.
Create your own personal message and let someone know how much you love them this Valentine’s Day by sending them an individually chosen flower arrangement.
Shaw’s of Amersham is a Bespoke Florist and specialists in creating your own personal message with flowers. Visit our website www.shawsofamersham. co.uk or call us on 01494 7216.
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