February 10, 2020

Saint Valentine’s Day is annually on the 14th February. It’s origins are from a Roman Christian Feast. A cultural and religious day honouring Saint Valentinus, celebrating love and romance, in many countries of the world. Modern day celebrations are much more commercial.

Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Legend has it that he restored the sight of his Judge’s blind daughter. He wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. The Feast was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14th in honour of Saint Valentine who died on this day.

In England during the 18th century the occasion grew when couples would express their love and admiration for each other by giving flowers, confectionery and greeting cards, called ‘Valentines’. By the 1910’s an American company began distributing official ‘Valentine’s Day Cards’. This company became Hallmark.

In the 19th century hand written Valentines were mainly replaced by mass-produced cards. We celebrate love, friendship and admiration by giving red roses, gifts, cards or going for dinner. Admirers often send cards anonymously to add an air of mystery or just plain shyness of the sender!

Modern day symbols are hearts and Cupids. In Roman mythology Cupid was the son of Venus the goddess of Love and Beauty. He was known for shooting arrows at both gods and humans, causing them to instantly fall in love with one another. In Europe Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers a a symbol to unlock the heart of the person giving the key.

February 14th is the most popular date for weddings, sometimes conducted en masse!

Of course dipt has a colour called LOVE, which is a true red. Other reds to try are CONFIDENCE, an orange red. FIERCE which is a blue red, ROBERTA which is a pinkish red and MUM which is a glitter red, use alone or over any of the other reds to add a sparkle. Which ever colour you choose, you will know that your Valentine’s Nails will be perfect and Instagrammable.