Valentine’s Day, or Saint Valentine’s Day, honors St. Valentine. It is unclear if the celebration is based on one saint Valentine or the fusion of two saints of the same name. These saints are connected to stories of martyrdom, where they suffered due to their commitment to perpetuate love and the union of people in love.
Valentine’s Day started being associated with the tradition of courtly love in the 14th century. In 18th-century England, the tradition evolved where lovers exchanged valentines, small tokens like flowers, cards, and confectionery, to express their love. Currently in the US, Valentine’s day is not only about romantic love but a celebration of love and appreciation for your loved ones.
Valentine’s day is celebrated on February 14th in the US and the anglosphere. Yet, it is sometimes celebrated on different dates across the globe. In my country of origin, Colombia, this holiday is celebrated in September.
As with any other holiday, it s important to embrace and practice the essence of the tradition. Take the time to be deeply appreciative of your loved ones and to express it. It is a great opportunity to spend time together, maybe go out, and maybe exchange some gifts. Yet, do not lose focus. It is not about the physical things. The places and gifts are just tokens, reminders.
The focal point of Valentine’s day is LOVE!!!
Feel the emotion, share the energy, truly nurture and connect … Be fully engaged!
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor