Valentines Day in Scotland
Valentines Day in Scotland is certainly a time of celebration. On the 14th of
February every year, thousands of people, young and old, check their
mail to see if they've been sent a Valentines Card. It's a day
when Love is declared.
The history of St Valentine's Day dates back to
Roman times when St Valentine was martyred for refusing to give up his
It is believed that on the night before he died, he
left a wee note to the jailer's daughter signed 'Your Valentine'.
died on 14th February which some see as the onset of spring, with new buds
and spring flowers shooting through the winter ground; and this is a time
traditionally associated with finding new love. But February
14th has become a time when couples demonstrate their love by exchanging
cards and gifts. Some will become engaged to be married, while others
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It is believed that the remains of St Valentine's remains are in the
church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus in Glasgow', a little-known fact that
has led to Glasgow styling itself as the 'City of Love' in
Scotland's reputation for romantic venues is already well known
throughout the world. Indeed the small village of Gretna Green is
famous around the world as THE place for romantic weddings.
It is the first village over the Scottish border on the road from England to
Glasgow. It is particularly renowned for being the place where
young English couples in particular eloped; as English Law said they could
not marry until they were 18 years old, whereas in Scotland marriage is
allowed at 16.
Of course, the "romance" of marrying in a romantic Scottish
Castle has appealed to many couples from around the world, and many
celebrities such as Madonna have chosen to do this. She got married in
the exclusive Stobo Castle, once home to the great Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was born in Dunfermline in Fife.
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Tradition of Valentine's Day in Scotland
For Valentines Day in Scotland, people give or send cards to their
loved ones with special Valentine messages. These cards are popularly known
as “Valentines” and are often sent anonymously. Cards are designed
with lovely red hearts, and Valentine special symbols to reflect love
and trust. On that day people eagerly wait for the postman to deliver their
Craze and passion for Valentine's Day is seen in the shops and stores
soon after Christmas, and definitely just after New Year. Although the
next celebration after Hogmanay is Burns Night on 25th January,
shopkeepers, hoteliers and restaurant owners all try to cash in on the
romantic occasion of Valentine's Day, and evidence of their marketing is
EVERYWHERE, with cards, gifts, special offers at hotels and special meal-deals.
Even young folk still at school people, join in the tradition buying or
making making Valentine cards for the boy or girl who has 'caught
their eye'. The cards are often filled with valentine poems and
verses. Sometimes, they also write poems on the envelope to speed up the
delivery by the postman. Indeed I remember as a youngster sending a
valentine's card where every white space imaginable was covered in verse,
both romantic and funny; and of course for the young - the tradition was
that you never signed it. It was up to the person you sent it
to to guess who it was from. If, you got more than one valentine card,
then your confidence rose indeed.
Celebrating Valentine's Day
Valentines Day in Scotland is often celebrated by a romantic
candlelight dinner in a restaurant or hotel, or sometimes one makes the other a special meal at home. The couple exchange gifts and cards and do what they can
to make the other feel loved and special. Of course, being whipped
away to a Castle Hotel with a 4 Poster Bed, and being served a Champagne
Breakfast in bed, is indeed something special! The traditional gifts
exchanged are, of course, red roses and heart-shaped chocolates;
these are are always popular, but other more imaginative gifts are
also given. If you love being creative, why not make some delightful Valentine Ornaments.
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