Depending on who you are and how you think about it, Valentine’s Day is either a day of anticipation and excitement, or frustration and annoyance. No matter what you think of the day, the traditions behind the holiday have an interesting history.
The celebration itself comes from Roman pre-Christian traditions, namely, the Festival of Lupercalia. The festival celebrated the coming of spring and concluded with the lottery pairing off of men and women. The mid-February festival was replaced with Valentine’s Day at the end of the fifth century by Pope Gelasius I, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
The naming behind the holiday is a little more controversial. It is generally accepted the name of the holiday comes from a Christian priest, but the specific priest and circumstances surrounding his martyrdom are up for debate.
The commonly accepted story tells of a priest , Valentine, martyred shortly before 300 CE. According to legend, Valentine signed a letter to the jailer’s daughter as “from your Valentine.” Some legends also suggest Valentine cured that same daughter of blindness.
Formal cards, like those used among school children today, started appearing in the 1500s. The first of these to appear in the United States appeared in the 1800s. The holiday is still celebrated widely in the United States and several European countries, including Britain and France.
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Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
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