CONTRIBUTED BY THE MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Valentine’s Day is all about love, romance, flowers, and chocolate – but have you ever wondered about the origins of this holiday?
Valentine’s Day is a tradition dating back to Ancient Roman times. Although some believe the holiday has its origins in a Pagan fertility festival, it is widely accepted that the holiday commemorates the death of St. Valentine, a priest in 3rd century Rome. It has been associated with love and romance since the Middle Ages, when it is believed that February 14 marked the start of the mating season for birds in Europe, signalling a time of courtship.
Romantic traditions like writing love letters, giving gifts of red roses and chocolates have developed over centuries and vary widely across cultures. It would appear that the way to an Aussie’s heart is via our stomach. On Valentine’s Day 2021, Australians collectively spent approximately $427 million on dining out, $127 million on dining in, and $76 million on chocolates (Source: Finder.com.au).
Whether you have an appetite for romantic gestures or prefer to play it subtle, there are countless ways to show your special someone that you care this Valentine’s Day. Why not go traditional and write a love letter, which will cost you nothing but your time and creativity? Or surprise your partner with a romantic dinner by candlelight at the water’s edge. Dine in at your favourite local restaurant or organise takeaway and enjoy a picnic in the park. Take a walk along the esplanade while enjoying delicious gelato. Searching for the perfect gift? Cambridge Parade in Manly Harbour Village has plenty of boutique art, gifts, flowers, and more to satisfy every style and budget.
However you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember that we don’t need a special day to tell others we care, and that love doesn’t always have to be romantic. Shower your friends with affection, make a stranger’s day, or spoil yourself!
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