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Ahhh! Valentine’s Day. Each year on February 14, the United States (and several other places around the world) celebrate the day with candy, flowers, and gifts to our loved ones. Before we get to all the cool items you can purchase for Valentine’s Day from FlashingBlinkyLights for this holiday of love, let’s start with a history lesson. All of this love of the holiday is in the name of St. Valentine, but who is this mysterious saint and what is the story about this centuries old holiday that goes back to ancient Roman rituals to customs of Victorian England?
I learned that there are AT LEAST three saints named Valentine or Valentinus that are recognized by the Catholic Church. The most recognized legend is of a priest named Valentine in third century Rome who continued to perform marriages to young men and women after Emperor Claudius II outlawed it because he thought single men made better soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of this, defied Claudius and performed his marriages in secret. Unfortunately, when Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. SO SAD!
The Importance of February
It may not be a coincidence that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February and we can thank the Romans for that. During the ides of February (the 15th to be exact), the Romans celebrated Lupercalia which was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Fertility rituals were performed and eligible bachelors would choose single women’s names from an urn that would often end in their marriage.
Valentine’s Day as a Day of Romance
Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day and outlawed Lupercalia. During the Middle Ages, the day became associated with love as it was believed to mark the beginning of the bird’s mating season. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. and today an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year! WOWSA!
So now for the Valentine’s Day Goods!
It wouldn’t be very American to not celebrate Valentine’s Day with gifts and showers of love now, would it? Fortunately, FlashingBlinkyLights (or FBL, if you will) has a wide variety of fun and LED-blinking light products to showcase your love of the holiday and to the special ones in your life. There are so many great products to choose from, so I’ll select a few of my favorites and include the website link below so you can find some more for yourself!
Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like a heart and these HUGE gem flashing heart rings look magnificent. At just $2.99 each, they are also fashionably affordable.
What’s Valentine’s Day without a little bubbly? These awesome frosted LED Champagne glasses look elegant and flashes in multiple lights. It’s beautiful and elegant.
If you really want to go all out for Valentine’s Day, you have to get ROSES. And what’s better than a rose? How about a multi-color blinking rose that never dies? It’s a perfect and beautiful symbol of love.
For more great holiday gifts for Valentine’s Day, check out www.FlashingBlinkyLights.com and be amazed! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!
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