Jacarandas in Spring, Sydney. Image credit: Destination NSW
As February unfolds in Australia, you might have noticed red and pink decorations, heart-shaped chocolates and red roses in shop windows.
Yes, you guessed it – Valentine’s Day is approaching, and it happens every year on 14 February.
Let’s look at what Valentine’s Day means in Australia and how you can make the most of it – whether you're celebrating with a special someone or close friends.
The exact origins of Valetine’s Day aren’t clear. Some say the day is named after St. Valentine, a Roman priest who lived during the third century. Legend has it that Emperor Claudius II decided single men made better soldiers, so he banned marriage for young men. Valentine secretly married couples against the Emperor's orders. Sadly, he was caught and put to death.
For couples in Australia, Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with a romantic date and sometimes a gift and a card. How elaborate and romantic the gestures are varies from person to person and, in fact, some couples may choose not to celebrate at all!
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, so some people may choose to have a proper celebration on the weekend before or after.
Some single groups of friends choose to get together and have a nice dinner that celebrates their friendship.
Restaurants usually bookout for Valentine’s Day, and often they have special set menus for the day which can be expensive.
Here are some other great ideas to make your day special:
Gifts on a budget:
And the more expensive kind:
Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate love. It doesn't matter whether you're spending Valentine's Day with a partner, friends or celebrating the love you have for yourself.
Remember that the most important thing to do is cherish the connections you have and celebrate the joy of love in all its forms.