St. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for a long time. Here’s the story of how it came to exist. In 269, the Roman Empire was under the reign of Claudius II. His army was shrinking, and the emperor believed the reason was his men getting married. Thus, Claudius II passed a law prohibiting his soldiers from marrying.
But that couldn’t stop his men from falling in love. There was one man who would secretly wed soldiers with their beloved, despite the emperor’s law. His name was Valentine, and he was a true romantic. He liked to help the newlyweds get along and write romantic poems for his friends’ sweethearts at their request.
Soon enough, the emperor found out and ordered Valentine to be executed. As a Christian martyr who suffered in the name of faith, he was proclaimed a saint. In 469, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14th a holiday, Valentine’s Day.
So now we know the history of the holiday, but what to give to your girlfriend on Valentine’s Day?
It is the official day of love, so you should spend it with your significant other. Your best bet is a romantic candlelight dinner with lovely conversations and reminiscences of your happiest moments together. A loving girlfriend will definitely appreciate it.
You can also spend the day ice skating, skiing, or riding roller coasters. Afterward, head to a cozy coffeehouse nearby and share your impressions.
Red roses and hearts are a symbol of Valentine’s Day, that’s why they sometimes sell heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards. Give your girlfriend a bouquet of red roses and one of those cards, with a romantic message from you written inside. That kind of Valentine’s Day gift for her is the best. Get her a heart-shaped pillow, stuffed Valentine’s Day toy, or jewelry. After all, Valentine’s Day is the day of love!