The History of Valentine's Day
A love to last....
The furthest Valentine's Day traces back is to a Roman Festival dedicated to fertility, called Lupercalia. The celebration was traditionally held on Feb. 15 and was dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture and the harvest.
The name of the Holiday is said to come from St. Valentine of Terni, a third-century Roman saint, who was linked with the idea of courtly love. Although we don't know much about him, Valentine was reportedly killed for refusing to deny Christ by the order of Emperor Claudius in the year 280 and for continuing to marry Christian couples despite existing prohibitions. However, many will argue the holiday was never a celebration of Saint Valentine because he did not have any romantic connotations until Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century, called Parlement of Foules (1382)
In Modern History, Valentine's Day became more popular in England in the 1700s when people started sending cards and flowers to their loved ones, a tradition that continues today.
The first commercially printed Valentine's Day card was produced in 1913 by Hallmark. There are now more than a billion cards, and 50 million roses sold each year!
Ways to celebrate love in Temecula this Valentine's Day:
Movie Night at Gather 107 in Old Town Temecula featuring When Harry Met Sally & 50 first Dates! Purchase pre-sale tickets!
An Intimate Dinner at Baily's, named one of the most Romantic Restaurants by Inland Empire Magazine. Make a reservation!
Farm to Table Dinner at EAT Marketplace + Kids Night. Make a reservation!
Valentine's Day Carriage Rides through the vineyards! Make a Reservation!
Singles MEAT + Mingle! Click here for more info!