2010-02-12 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Commentary by Danielle, Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

Rome is quite the place for romance, and their customs and traditions only show how passionate they are.

Dating back to the medieval times, they’ve had festivals and celebrations to bring young men and women together in hopes of forming true love and companionship.

The pagan tradition known as the feast of Lupercalia was responsible for many partnerships and the celebration was held every year as a tradition.

Families would celebrate, weddings would take place, and the true spirit of love would take over.

One priest in particular helped bring the legend of Valentine’s Day to life after tragedy tried to get in the way of tradition.

Rome was under the reign of an emperor that engaged them in several unpopular and bloody campaigns. To maintain a strong army, the emperor continuously needed to recruit soldiers - but to his disappointment, most men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong love and dedication to their wives and families. To cure his dilemma, Emperor Claudius banned all marriages and engagements, and slowly built the Roman army up again.

Father Valentine was a Roman priest, and a true romantic at heart. He secretly arranged marriages of young men and women and defied this unjustified and callous order of Claudius. When the Emperor discovered this defiance, he put Valentine behind bars. While there, townspeople showed their love and support for father Valentine by bringing cards, candles and flowers for him - a tradition that is continued still today for people to show their love and respect for those who are close to their heart. Father Valentine was finally executed on February 14, about 270 AD.

For his great service, he was named a saint after his death.

Since they had already put an end to the celebration of the Feast of Lupercalia, the pope declared that 14th of February be celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day celebration of present times celebrates love in all its forms and is not just restricted to romantic love. People exchange Valentine’s Day greetings with their parents, teachers, siblings, friends, sweethearts or anyone special or close to them.

The most common ways of expressing love on Valentine’s Day is by sending cards, having candle light dinners, or giving flowers, gifts and chocolates to show your affection.

A rose is one of the most popular flowers and one of the most powerful symbols of Valentine’s Day. It has been a favorite of poets and romantics at heart. For them, a beautiful red rose stands for beauty, passion and love. The gift of a yellow rose is most appropriate for friendship, and pink for admiration or appreciation.

There are other colors that represent desire, admiration, secrecy and love at first sight.

If you are at a loss for words this Valentine’s Day, try sending a bouquet of mixed color roses.

Boxes of chocolate imply that your valentine is “sweet,” and a stuffed teddy bear will complete the list traditional gifts for your love.

Rose petals, scented candles and other small sentimental gifts will just add to the romantic ways to show how you feel.

We’ll be happy to help you design the perfect gift for your valentine.

Be sure to place your orders early though, so you can choose from the largest variety of roses and gifts.

Feel free to call us at 718.318.8888, or visit us on the web at www.Daniel lesRockawayFlorist.com.

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