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In Medieval times, a Valentines tradition was the matching of young men and women by drawing names from a bowl. This is a direct link with the pagan Lupercalia fertility celebrations of 14 February . Fertilility was at the heart of Valentines Day traditions necessary for the continuation of village life.The Valentine tradition was that their names were worn on each others sleeves. Similar to the Valentines Day tradition in Ireland of the exchange of Claddagh love rings. 

 

Several centuries ago , another Valentines tradition was that children used to dress up as adults on Valentines Day.  Similar to today's tradition of Christmas Carol Singing they went from home to home singing

Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine---
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

From the 1750s the main Valentines tradition has been the sending of St Valentines Day cards & romantic notes along with Valentines Day gifts.

When a young European woman receives a Valentines Day Traditional gift of clothing it means a romantic declaration of intent ! Be my Valentine !

Wooden love spoons were a Valentines Day Tradition in Wales . These carved gifts with romantic hearts were once popular St Valentines Day gifts.

Modern day Valentines Day Traditions include Valentines Day Romantic breaks, St Valentines Day romantic dinners, Valentines Day trysts, Valentines Day Dating & St Valentines Day parties are all often initiated with a Valentines Day Card.

Other modern day Valentines Day Traditions include valentines gifts of flowers, chocolates, St Champagne & Valentines perfumes which are all accompanied by a Valentines Day Card .


 

 

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