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Love has many different meanings in all languages, but there is a traditional universal day when people express their feelings to each other, either love or friendship. Valentine's Day was coined as the day of change for people with these feelings, of course, for others, in all cultures.

The origins of Valentine's Day dates back to medieval times to the party associated with the Catholic Church, but love and fertility nexus with this particular date the fall on February 14 comes from the ancient times of Greece, when Athens calendar included a period between mid January and mid February called Gamelion, a month dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera, therefore, associated with love and fertility.

Lupercalia, the festival of Lupercus, the god of fertility, was the equivalent in the Roman Empire and taking place on February 15, the time of ritual purification. Lupercus was depicted as a half-naked man dressed in goat skins. His priests sacrificed goats to the god in this day and after drinking wine, which ran through the streets of Rome holding pieces of goat and anyone touching in their series to include women in the belief of receiving an easy delivery.

There is no written reference about how Saint Valentine became the patron of romantic love in fact the Catholic martyrologies Valentine mention three different on the date of February 14, a priest in Rome, a bishop of Interamna, and a martyr of the province Roman Africa, which makes it even more obscure the origin of this celebration.

However, in the fifth century the feast of St. Valentine was declared officially to be on February 14 by Pope Gelasius I in 496. In a later scenario, this could be just an attempt to replace pagan holidays like Lupercalia celebrated in Rome until then. Apart from this historical background, the rest is just legends.

Over time, the gift of wild flowers is a common practice to show romantic love or affection between the partners on Valentine's Day. Daisy flowers became a sort of "yes-no love divination." Today, daisies have their own meaning of innocence and loyal love, associated with the fifth wedding anniversary.

During the 19th century, the roses took his place with different meanings according to its color or the number of flowers given on Valentine's Day. It was during the Victorian century when relics exhumed from the catacombs Roman Hippolytus were identified with Saint Valentine.

In 1836, the relics were donated by Pope Gregory XVI to the Church of Carmen Street Whitefriar Dublin, Ireland, but again, the obscure origins of St. Valentine (or Valentinus) and his relics are alleged to be found in the reliquary of Roquemaure in France and Kirche in St. Stephen in Vienna.

Instead of an uncertain picture Lucia, the 19th century associated with the figure of the winged Cupid Valentine's Day, along with the summary and heart-shaped cards and scraps of paper to be sent with flowers on this day, tradition remains today when a wide range of flowers can be chosen online and delivered anywhere with just ordering through the Internet.

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Natalie Aranda is a freelance writer. She writes about family, love and relationship. She enjoyed the experience of florists in Surrey, UK for flower delivery in Northampton, UK.

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