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January 18, 2022

Saint Valentine’s – a sweet celebration

In love or not, people around the world celebrate this weekend, feasting on chocolate and…hugs.

St. Valentine’s Day falls on February 14, and is the traditional day on which lovers in certain cultures let each other know about their love, commonly by sending Valentine’s cards, which are often anonymous. The history of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to an obscure Catholic Church feast day, said to be in honour of Saint Valentine. The day is now most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Starting in the 19th century, the practice of hand writing notes had largely given way to the exchange of mass-produced greeting cards. The Greeting Card Association estimates that, world-wide, approximately one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association also estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. Valentine’s Day was probably imported into North America in the 19th century with settlers from Britain. In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father operated a large book and stationery store, and she took her inspiration from an English valentine she had received.

In the United States in the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to include the giving of all manner of gifts, usually from a man to a woman. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates. Starting in the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion for giving fine jewelry.

Special events in Bucharest

Village Museum Valentine’s Fair

For the first time this year, the events held at the Village Museum will be rather cosmopolitan than traditional. On Sunday, the museum invites all lovers in Bucharest to take a stroll on its alleys. For them, love will come in latino, Indian or R&B dance steps.

Also, several traditional artists are invited to participate as well as several theatre troops. Lovers with a sweet tooth should not despair, as everything will be provided for, from cookies and lovers’ cakes to candies and heart-shaped chocolate. For the first time this year, on the alleys will sound various types of music, from rumba, salsa to cha-cha-cha.

Feel the Rhythm dance school artists will dance waltz, while traditional Indian dancer Carmen Pesantez will perform in a devotional dance dedicated to Radha and Krishna,

Every couple that will stroll on the Village Museum’s alleys will receive special gifts and Valentine’s messages. All the visitors named Valentin or Valentina will have free access. The museum will hold a similar event after exactly one week, when Romanians celebrate their own version of Valentine’s Day, “Dragobetele”.

Other highlights:

Vonda Shepherd in Concert

Venue: Silver Church Club, 7 pm

Sarah Chang in Concert

Venue: Athenaeum, 7 pm

Vita de Vie for Your Valentine

Venue: Suburbia Club, Feb.13, 10 pm

Valentine’s Fair

Venue: Dalles Hall

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