History of Valentine’s Day

by Erich Martin

Feb 4, 2019

valentines day © Oleg Doroshin | Dreamstime.com

Trends / History

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.

Tips / Travel
Mar 21, 2019

Medical Products You Probably Don’t Need to Pack

The internet is teeming with countless listicles that advise you on what to pack for your next vacation, especially when it comes to products to help you stay safe and healthy while miles away from home. But there are some medical products you might not really need, despite the overflow of suggestions.

Leave Troublesome Rideshare Worries Behind

We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.

Reviews / Hotel
Mar 21, 2019

Hotel Bonaventure

While the snow continued to fall at a steady clip, my taxi pulled up outside Hotel Bonaventure Montréal. A quick departure from my cab and a few steps later, I was taken in by the distinctive style of the entrance corridor. A quick elevator ride to the lobby is necessary because Hotel Bonaventure Montréal sits on the final two floors of a 17-story business and professional complex. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Montréal, and even connects to the city’s underground concourse.

Tips / Travel
Mar 21, 2019

Inexpensive European Ski Destinations

Winter isn’t quite over, especially high in the Alps and Pyrenees, two of Europe’s main mountain ranges for skiing. Catch a flight to one of these locations for some last-minute seasonal skiing on a budget.

Take Me to Tahiti

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.

Tips / Destination
Mar 21, 2019

Staying Safe in the Danakil Depression

The Danakil Depression has been described as hell on Earth. Considered the hottest place on the planet, the nightmare conditions of the Depression led to some incredibly fascinating formations. If you can withstand the climate, it offers a unique adventure few have ever seen.