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What and when is Valentine’s day?
Valentine’s day, also called the feast of Saint Valentine, is a day celebrated annually on the 14th of February in which couples express their love for one another through exchanging flowers, chocolates and cards. Originating from the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which celebrated the beginning of spring through fertility rites and coupling men and women off by means of a lottery.
Valentine’s day in Ireland
Relics of St. Valentine can be found at Whitefrier Street Carmelite Church in Dublin and every year on the 14th of February a special blessing takes place there for couples planning to marry. Couples also celebrate the day by exchanging cards, flowers, chocolates of other small gifts. Cards, often including the greeting ‘Happy Valentine’s day’ and poems and messages about love, can be signed or left anonymous by the sender. The occasion is also celebrated by going for a nice meal, enjoying a weekend away together or going to see a romantic movie at the cinema.
Restaurants offer special Valentine’s menus so it is always a good idea to call your favourite restaurant to see if they can give you dinner idea quotes. Red and pink are the two colours most associated with Valentine’s day and hearts of these colours become apparent in shops and restaurants. At schools, arts and crafts for kids are encouraged including cards for their parents or other people in their class. Even younger children get involved in Valentine’s art and crafts for preschoolers.
Large retail chains such as Lidl, SuperValu, Centra or Primark issue special Valentines offers, and discount leaflets aimed at couples looking for gift ideas. Other than cards, the best-selling products are chocolates, flowers and perfumes.
It is becoming a busier time for shops as more people are choosing to celebrate Valentine’s day. You can find gifts for him and her on My-leaflet.ie which offers you an overview of the best offers and discounts via the leaflets issued by your favourite shops.