Yep it has Pagan Origins! The history of Valentine's Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day.
Today it has traditionally been a time where many show how much they care about their loved one and for those who may not have had the courage to express their feelings for someone. This can leave lovers anticipating a delivery of flowers, traditionally red roses.
Roses have long been the symbol of love, red being romantic love, white meaning pure love, Yellow meaning jealousy and the list goes on.
Have you wondered why your flowers didn't last, do feel like you've wasted time and money with the disappointment of throwing flowers away after just a few days? Here are some top tips on choosing flowers that last.
1. Here is an easy one... simply let your Florist know that you are looking at buying flowers that will last!
2. If you are checking freshness, look for yellowing leaves and slimy stems usually means the flowers/foliage is on its way out.
3. Choosing roses, check the firmness in the bloom by gently squeezing to see how much water is in the flower. Don't be fooled by open blooms, they are often picked partly open on the plant and still last.
4. Stems are like straws so keeping the water fresh and the stems cut so as to keep the 'straws' clear from any bacteria/dirt blockages.
5. Bleach in the water stops the bacteria building which keeps the water clear extending the life of the flowers and also stops nasty stinky water.
Here 7 Top Marraige tips that actually work!
1. Listen to Understand, don't listen to respond
2. Marriage isn't 50/50 its 100%
3. Always Kiss Hello & Good bye even if you're mad!
4. Be your spouse's greatest Fan not Critic!
5. Never talk badly about your partner to others
6. There's no winner & loser in an argument
7. Love is a commitment not a feeling.