It’s coming up to the most romantic time of the year but where did Valentines Day come from??
Actually Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century...
At the time of Valentine's life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.
Eventually, Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor's blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl's blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine'. Valentine was executed on 14th February in the year 270.
A mere 200 years later, 14th February was proclaimed St Valentine's Day. By this time Rome had become Christian and the Catholic Church was determined to stop any remaining paganism. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year but the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed 14 February Saint Valentine's Day, thus establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints.
While Valentine's Day is celebrated in most countries, different cultures have developed their own traditions for this festival. In some parts of the world, Valentine's Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends not just that of romantic couples.
Many couples choose to celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner, a picnic or special home-cooked meal or why not try your hand at baking a delicious chocolate cake!!
Our rich delicious Chocolate Indulgent Cake will surely make anybody's heart melt with delight....
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The Baking Studio on 090 3724 1195.
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