Valentine's Day - a day of love and romance throughout the ages
Valentine’s Day is the international day of romance and love. It is the time for lovers to get together and exchange gifts of chocolate, cards, and most importantly flowers! Here at Long Stems we are stocking a wide array of flowers from across the globe. Long Stems stocks the largest selection of fresh cut flowers daily! Come in Valentine’s Day week to see our store packed with fresh cut lisianthus, tulips, hydrangeas, ranunculus, orchids, lilies, roses, and so much more!
We all know Valentine’s Day as the holiday of love but its strange origins may come as a surprise to some. February has been celebrated throughout history as the season of fertility and love, medieval scholars observed birds beginning to mate in mid february. The ancient pagan holiday of Lupercalia was celebrated for centuries in Rome, it was their fertility festival.
The origin of the name Valentine’s Day dates back to 3rd century A.D. The crazed emperor of Rome outlawed marriage because he thought that it would make the men better soldiers. The legend tells of a young priest named Valentine, he ignored the emperor's decree and performed marriages in secret. The priest was eventually discovered and executed on February 14th, he became a martyr symbolising love and passion.
The Holiday’s popularity grew as time went on. Valentine’s sacrifice was commemorated by the giving of gifts to loved ones. The Renaissance in Europe saw a boom of people sending greeting cards and other small tokens of affection. Flowers were the most prized gift in Renaissance Europe symbolizing a person’s love.
Today Valentine’s Day continues to be the day of romance and love. An estimated one billion cards will be sent this Valentine's Day, making it the second highest day for card giving in the year. Valentine’s Day is the day to say it with flowers! Whether you want to send a stunning rose bouquet, an impressive orchid plant, or something beautiful and unique Long Stems has you covered.
- By Mason Bell