What happens on Valentines Day in Britain?
Whether you believe in the Valentines Day holiday each year in Britain, we spend around £504m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine's Day and just like with Christmas, even in the recession it looks like Valentine's Day
with still be a priority for many people. Traditionally Valentines were sent anonymously, but nowadays we often make it clear who is sending each 'Valentine'.
While researching for this article I looked in a number of places to find out what different traditions there are in regards to Valentines Day and also what people think about it generally. I found this quote quite amusing…
“Why is Valentine's day so important? Why do people flip out when people treat it like any other day, without the added romance crap like gifts and a really really nice dinner? It's just a day, for Christ's sake!!”
Valentine's Day Superstitions & Traditions
Traditionally, spring begins on St Valentine's Day (February 14th), the day on which birds chose their mates. In parts of Sussex Valentines Day was called 'the Birds' Wedding Day'.
There are many other traditions and superstitions associated with romance activities on Valentine's day including:
• the first man an unmarried woman saw on 14th February would be her future husband;
• if the names of all a girl's suitors were written on paper and wrapped in clay and the clay put into water, the piece that rose to the surface first would contain the name of her husband-to-be.
• if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a rich person.
• In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.
• In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
Date posted: 31/12/2009