It’s Valentine’s 2023!
14th February 2023
Photography by David Loftus
Wishing all our Ambassadeurs Group communities and friends a happy day
St Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world. Here are a few reasons why…
February 14th has been the holiday of St Valentine’s Day since King Henry VII officially declared it in 1537.
Red roses were the favourite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
Venus is the mother of Cupid, the god of desire, attraction and affection.
An X came to symbolise a kiss in Medieval times, when people who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X, which they then kissed to show their sincerity.
Red came to symbolise love because it was believed that the heart was the part of the body where the feeling of love came from.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve is a tradition that also began Medieval times – men and women would draw their names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine, and would then wear the piece of paper on their sleeve for a week.
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is ystävänpäivä or a day of friendship.
Image Credit: David Loftus