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Hapy Valentive's Day!

First of all I want to wish you all
Happy Valentine's Day!

In most parts of Europe, England excepted, Valentine's Day is not celebrated to such a large extent as in the States. It is an imported holiday due to the influence of American culture, though merchants and the flower industry do everything in their power to spread it all over the world. It is more a commercial ploy than a holiday.

In traditionally Catholic countries like France, Valentine's Day is known simply as "Saint Valentin", and is celebrated in much the same way as other western countries.

What I find interesting is that Saint Valentines is not a Saint any more; according to Wikipedia:
"Saint Valentine's Day was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI."

In many countries Valentine's Day has various versions of regional customs.
In Romania, the traditional holiday for lovers is Dragobete, celebrated on February 24.
Happy Valentive's Day!
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."
~ Mother Teresa
See last year's Valentine's rose too.

12 comments:

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful photo, love it!
Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

Giga said...

Śliczne walentynkowe zdjęcie. W Polsce wśród młodych to święto się przyjmuje. Pozdrawiam.*** Cute Valentine's Day photo. In Poland, among the young is a celebration to adopt. Yours.

Karin M. said...

A beautiful photo, great photo work ..
Best regards, Karin

Míriam Luiza said...

Linda foto...vermelho...cor do amor!!!

Kala said...

Beautiful presentation Maia.

Have a lovely holiday.

SquirrelQueen said...

A lovely Valentine scene, the rose is gorgeous. I like that other countries have not fallen into the commercialization of holidays the way we have here.

Happy Valentines Day!

Eden said...

I love the photo.

Happy Valentines Day!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Just wonderful ! Happy Valentine !

Regina said...

Fabulous!

♥ Regina

Meeha Meeha said...

Salutari din Iasi :)
Sunt blogger de numai o luna si jumatate, dar ma bucur mult ca te-am descoperit! (printr-un follower din India)
Desi domeniul meu este design interior, am o mare dragoste pentru plante si flori si postez tot ce gasesc frumos prin casa. De abia astept sa particip si cu orhideele :)
Mihaela

Liz said...

What a lovely photo! Great composition.
Happy Valentines Day to you too.
Thanks for hosting.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photo.

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too

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