Valentines Day is Here

Valentine's Day
Picnic in the park Valentine’s Day

It is that time of the year again where love is celebrated all over the world.  The four letter magical word that binds people all together.  It has no race, religion, gender and no discrimination.  Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching once again and it’s a special day for the lovers worldwide.  Here in Australia, which happens to be one of the most passionate countries in the world, Valentine’s Day is something big and there definitely is the need to celebrate it.  Us Australians celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bang and it’s not just for lovers but it’s for families, friends, colleagues and neighbors too.  Celebrating Valentine’s Day is a fantastic way to strengthen the love and affection towards your partner.

History of Valentine’s Day

The origin of Valentine’s Day is not really clear.  However, it is believed that it is about St. Valentine who was a roman priest.  He made a farewell letter and signed it as “From Your Valentine” and that’s where the Valentine’s Day card started.  The “From Your Valentine” expression is still widely used in this day and age.  The truth behind the story of St. Valentine is not fully explained and far from clear.

The most prevalent Valentine’s Day symbols are heart shaped accessories, doves, cute teddy bears and figure of the winged cupid.  Red and pink are the colours associated with Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day gained its popularity in Australia during the late 20th century and it continues to get more and more popular as the years pass us by.  Valentine’s Day is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Sainte Valentine.

Valentine’s Day in Australia

Australians consider Valentine’s Day as a special day that is celebrated with your loved ones, families and friends.  We as Australians celebrate Valentine’s Day with love and style.  Many of us pamper our beloved with lavishing gifts and flowers.

We are generally regarded as being very sweet people and enjoy giving our sweethearts an extravagantly designed Valentine’s Day card.  Part of Australian tradition during Valentine’s Day is to exchange cards.  It started back in mid-nineteenth century, in where there is a surge in the wealth and status of gold miners.  They begin the tradition of giving expensive cards as gifts wrapped lavishly and beautifully.

Australian men are much more romantic as compared to women.

According to statistics, about 58% of men buy a Valentine’s card to give to their partner as compared to only 41% of women.

A study revealed that Valentine’s Day is predominantly celebrated by young couples here in Australia.   About 90% of people between the ages of 18-24 years old celebrate Valentine’s Day as compared to that of people who are aged 50 and above.

E-cards and emails are rapidly gaining traction here as well.  In fact, Australia is one of the greatest supporters of e-media.  These online cards are hassle-free and easy to send especially if your love ones live in far flung localities.

And just like the rest of the world, Australians show their affection and love to their partner by giving flowers. Flowers are one of the best ways to show sentiments and love.  Valentine’s Day is a big occasion here in the country. It is the day whereby lovers come together and powerfully express their feelings towards each other.

Typical Valentine’s Day Activity

  • Buying and giving gifts to their love ones such as flowers, jewelries, chocolates and other romantic orientated items
  • Going out for a special dinner
  • Picnic in the park
  • Watching a romantic movie together
  • Romantic cruise
  • Valentine’s Day vacation
  • Perfect day to propose to your loved one
  • Memorable wedding day

Superstitious Beliefs on Valentine’s Day

Love can sometimes be irrational as well as the superstitious beliefs associated with Valentine’s Day.  During ancient times, there are several beliefs that people believed and feared at the same time.  Most of them were traced back to the Middle Age in Europe.  Here are some of the most ridiculous Valentine’s Day beliefs:

The kind of person you will likely to get married to depend on the type of bird you will first see on Valentine’s Day.

  • If a woman sees a robin, she will get married to a sailor.
  • If a woman sees a sparrow, she will get married to a poor guy.
  • Seeing a goldfinch means, being married to a millionaire and it’s a good fortune.
  • Seeing doves mean you will get married to a kind hearted man and it will bring happiness to your life.
  • If a girl sees an owl, it means you won’t get married and you will be single for the rest of your life.

The number of children the couple will have will depend on blowing a dandelion. The amount that remains on the dandelion stem is likely the number of children the couple will have.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas

Enough of the typical dinner and movie date for Valentine’s Day, it is now time to try something new and fun for this special day.  Here are some romantic ideas:

  • They say that one way of knowing the person very well is to travel with them. Grab a map, pick an intriguing place that both of you haven’t been and go on for a trip. Traveling is a good way to rekindle love and both of you will have quality time together.
  • Go on a picnic at the back of your house. Bring a picnic basket loaded with your favourite food, sweets and drinks. Spend a day just talking and eating your favourite foods.
  • A home-stay date is not a bad idea at all. Just turn off your mobile phone, get some champagne, grab some pizza and cuddle while watching your favourite romantic or comedy movie.
  • Cooking together is also a good idea to spend Valentine’s Day together. Perfect bonding moment while preparing your favourite dish together.

Romantic Dating Tips

Love and romance is important in our daily life.  Love makes the world go round and it’s paramount to recognize how blessed you are to have someone to love and to have someone who loves you back.  Here are some tips that will surely keep your love alive:

  • Don’t take your love one for granted. Learn to appreciate and understand them.
  • Constant communication is the key to a successful relationship.
  • Love unconditionally.
  • Show your sweetheart how special they are to you and how much you care for them.
  • Be true. Don’t pretend to be someone else.  Truth and transparency are the cornerstones of every relationship.

What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day?

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