Unusual Date Ideas for Couples in Lockdown
Valentine’s Day - Origin & History
Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the world today. According to estimates Americans spend about $20 billion on this holiday, becoming the second most expensive one next to Christmas. This day love and togetherness are being celebrated in various ways. Many will buy expensive jewelry and flowers for their darlings. Others will celebrate it as SAD dining alone and binging on self-gifted chocolates. (Single Awareness Day).
But Valentine’s Day origin is not like you would think.
It is an ancient Roman festival originally known as Lupercalia celebrated to honor pagan gods namely Lupercus (god of fertility), Juno (goddess of marriage and women) and Pan (god of nature).
The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then flogged the women with the hides of the animals. The brutal feast included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be paired for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.
Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day. No one exactly knows who St. Valentine was. His story is based on legend.
In the 5th century Pope Gelasius I linked St. Valentine's Day with Lupercalia to rout out the pagan rituals. But it remained a day of fertility and love.
Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized St. Valentine’s Day, and it became popular throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became tokens in the Middle Ages.
In 1913, mass production of valentines began by Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo
With the lockdown in place February 14 is going to be a bit different this year. But whether you're together or apart this Valentine’s Day, or if you want to make it special, you can still have a date day at home and enjoy yourselves. It falls on a Sunday this year, which makes it perfect to celebrate.
Set up a romantic meal
- Serve breakfast in bed to your darling
- Dress up for dinner
Cook their favourite dish or
- Order a chef-made meal from a local restaurant or
- Your favourite take away
- Enjoy the evening together sipping your favourite wine or cocktail
- Or cook together
- Bake a celestial dessert together for after dinner
- Pitch a tent in your back garden or living room
- Do a Cocktail making masterclass
- Do virtual drink tasting sessions
- Take a virtual tour – explore the sights of the world
- Attend a virtual show
- Take an online class
- Play a board game like Monopoly or darts or a romantic game
- Play Best video games for couples
- Have a Spa night
- Play Treasure Hunts + Scavenger Hunts for Lockdown
- Give an aesthetic name to your Spotify playlist of favourite songs marking a memory in your lives. Sing or dance!
- Ask Mr and Mrs Quiz Questions. Ask your partner questions about yourself. See how well they know you.
- Have a film night, take your favourite snacks.
- Bring the pub home
- Take a walk. Distance socially
- Write Letters from the heart |Top 20 Love Letters
- Create a memory book with all your favorite pictures. Brainstorm Adventurous date ideas
- Do crafts together
- Pamper each other
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There are no limits to genuine love. With a bit of creativity and willingness one can find the way against all odds to express their love and gratitude towards those that are so special in their lives.
No matter how tatty circumstances can be, love always prevails.
Do you agree with the quote below? Do you know where it comes from? Leave your answer in the Comments section, please.
„Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Love never fails.
Mendisa - Overcomer
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