When is Valentine's Day?
Sweet and romantic festival of Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 every year in most countries around the world. In US, UK, Canada, France, India etc people celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14. Date of the festival has its origin from the February Fertility festival of Feast of Lupercalia celebrated in pagan times during mid-February. Later, the feast of Lupercalia was turned into a Christian celebration and named Valentine's Day to honor the date of martyrdom of Saint Valentine. According to legends, Saint Valentine was a patron saint of lovers who was executed on February 14. Scholars also believe that February 14 was chosen for the romantic festival of Valentine's Day because of the popular belief in England and France that birds began to look for their mate from February 14.
Valentine's Day Date in Japan and China
People in Japan and China celebrate Valentine's Day on different dates. In Japan, Valentine's Day is celebrated on two dates. On the popular Valentine's Day date of February 14, females present gifts of chocolates to their boyfriends or other men close to them. On March 14, people of Japan celebrate White Day as an extension of the Valentine's Day festival celebrated a month earlier. On White Day it's the turn of the men to pamper women who expressed their love and affection for them on 14th February.
People in China celebrate Valentine's Day on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese Calendar. The unique date of the festival traces its origin from the popular folk legend of China that narrates the story of a beautiful seventh daughter of Emperor of heaven who married a poor cowherd, Niu Lang. The couple was separated and turned into stars. They were allowed to meet once only on the 7th day of 7th lunar month. Chinese Valentine's Day is better known as ‘Festival of the Double Sevens' or Qi Xi - ‘The Night of Sevens' The other popular names for the festival are Seven Sister's Festival' and ‘Daughter's Festival'.
Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Whether you and your partner have just begun dating, or have been in a serious relationship for quite a while, Valentine’s Day is a time to reflect on the value of your love for each other. Stumped for thoughts on how to celebrate?
Make a romantic dinner at home together. If you both love to cook and experiment, try something new. Even if it doesn’t turn out you’ll have fun with the prep work. Put on a nice tablecloth, candles, and fire up some romantic music to round out the night.
Leave a trail of flower petals to surprise your mate when he or she gets home. Or, how about a treasure hunt? Create notes along the stops to remind your sweetie how much you love him or her. Your notes don’t have to be lengthy, but they should be specific to make them special.
Forget the park! A carpet picnic can be just as romantic. Spread out on a blanket, light lots of candles, and prepare foods you’d normally eat outside on a sunny day. Or, for a twist, get a heart-shaped pizza. Don’t forget the wine. For dessert, make a chocolate fondue. Cut small pieces of cheesecake and dip for a delectable treat.
A Night Out
Every couple has a favorite date where they shared a special memory. Perhaps it was the night you first said, “I love you.” Maybe it was a night where everything seemed to go wrong, yet you had fun anyway. Or maybe your special night is the very first time you went out, when you were both nervous and excited.
Take those favorite memories and recreate them. Go to the same place, order the same foods, and reminisce about the fun you had and the way you felt. Reliving your happiest moments will help you realize how much you mean to each other.
Instead of dinner at one place, choose appetizers at a few favorite restaurants. Don’t forget to pick a romantic place at the end for dessert and champagne.
Creative Date Ideas
Give your partner something she’ll truly appreciate by thinking about what she's always wanted to do. A spa day? Day at the links? Day without housework? After you spend a few hours having some much-needed relaxing time, come back together at the end of a day and enjoy an evening just for two.
Get into the arts. Nothing inspires romance like great paintings or literature. Poetry readings and exhibits pop up throughout the country around February 14th. Check out your local paper. End the date with a creative gift of your own, such as a shadow box with a few cherished memories placed inside, a limerick, or even a love note.
Give your partner a year's worth of dates. Buy a box of kiddie Valentines and write down one different date idea for each week of the year. Then place them in a decorative box just like you did in school. Tell your sweetie he can pull out one early, and use that as a guide for your Valentine’s Day date.
Your weekly date ideas don’t need to be complicated. How about a homemade dinner, DVD night with the movie of your partner’s choice, an educational date, museum tour, concert, picnic, theme night, and on and on. Use your imagination to make it specific to your love. Remember that it’s the time you spend together which will mean the most to your relationship.
Planning a Romantic Valentine's Day Date
This article is aimed at assisting you with how to set about making a romantic date for the one you love. It is especially appropriate for the less romantically inclined who just can't think of these ideas without prompting!
Make a list of what you will need before you begin. For example -roses, chocolates, candles, stuffed animals (plushies), food, and romantic music.
Select something for dinner that you know you'll both like, so you can enjoy the meal together. If you haven't time to cook, order ahead at a good food store that specializes in take-home dinners (not just fast food). Order a special cake from a bakery (pâtisserie) and get some special wine or alcohol substitute that both of you love to share.
Shop for the roses, candles and stuffed animal(s). Choose them in pink, red, or white; or try a combination of all three colors if you like. Include a card in which you can write a personal, heartfelt message. Make the card yourself if you have the time, for that extra personal touch.
Arrange the roses, candles and stuffed animals in strategic places in your home. Make them appear in unexpected places to delight your loved one. Leave a sweet post-it note message stuck behind the bathroom door, next to the soap dispenser or on the coat rack. It's also a nice touch to scatter some rose petals around your home, perhaps on a staircase or on the welcome mat at the front door. Write a love note in the steam on the bathroom mirror so they see it when they get out the shower.
Start cooking your specially planned meal (if you're doing it) or put the purchased quality meals into warming-up containers ready to heat. Make sure that you have something sweet and romantic to finish the meal with.
Think of some heartfelt ways of presenting the food - arrange the salad in the shape of a heart; use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out bread pieces, pour a berry coulis for a cake in a heart shape.
Set the table with your favorite things, a candle, some flowers and put on softly playing music in the background. Leave a sweet message in the place that your loved one will be sitting.
After the meal is over, have chocolates and out-of-the-ordinary warm drinks planned ( for example, hot chocolate with a dash of liqueur or fruit syrup; latte coffee etc). Dim the lights and tell your loved one all the reasons why they are so special to you. Go beyond ordinary and think deeply about why this person really matters to you - stretch that word "love" into something with real meaning.
A nice gift for your loved one could be a teddy bear with chocolates, a live miniature rose plant that will remind them of you long after cut roses have gone, a longed-for novel with red ribbon around it, a poem written by yourself, a photo collage of the two of you, prepared by yourself etc. Think of really personal gifts that reflect how you feel about your love.
Do not buy a gift that is overly cheesy. Remember that some women or girls may not like teddy bears; and some men or boys do not like to receive after shave, so try to find out before the date what kind of gifts she or he has a yearning for.
Be creative. Great gifts might be activities rather than a bunch of items. Consider a balloon ride over your city; a weekend's hike with a stay in a cute bed and breakfast; a ticket to a concert; a gift certificate for horse-riding lessons. These sorts of gifts last beyond the day of giving and are rarely, if ever, forgotten.
Truth or Dare Affair (A Valentine Day Theme Party
It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my best friend's basement at her "sleep over" party playing Truth or Dare. It was a game of chance, hoping that your best friend wouldn't make you reveal your secret crush. It was also a game of fear; being scared that your best friend would make you call the boy you like, and ask him out. It boggles the mind as to why people would put themselves through this, knowing that it can only end in some form of embarrassment. Maybe it's the rush, or the sheer excitement of love in the air that makes us want to play this crazy game. Does this sound all too familiar? Has it been too long since you've told the truth or taken a dare? Well come with us, and take a walk on the wild side with a Truth or Dare Affair for Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day Invitations
You can send homemade decorated hearts cut out of red construction paper. Fold them together, so that only half the heart is visible. Write, "Truth or Dare" on the front of the closed heart, and decorate it with glitter, sequins, lace, or whatever you have on hand.
When your friends receive the invitations, they can open the envelope and see the question, "Truth or Dare?" at the top of the heart. On the inside, write the details of the party on the left: Date, place, time, dress, etc. Under these details, write a "Truth" question like, "How do you plan to have fun at my party?" On the right side, write a "Dare" like, "I dare you to come and have a blast"!
Give your friends something to remember with a personalized Valentine’s Day invitation while making your life easier at the same time.
Valentine's Day Decorations
The choices for Valentine’s Day decorations are getting better all the time. Take a look at Valentine’s Day Decorating411 and you will find many new and different Valentine’s Day decorations. Here are a few of our favorite Valentine's Day decorations:
Votive Candles - buy plenty, they are inexpensive and will go a long way in your party area
Heart Whirls - these easy and fun ceiling decorations will bring a lot of color to the room
Heart Glitter Cutouts - a great all over decoration
Flowers - whether you go with red roses or pink carnations, flower are always perfect for Valentine's Day
Hearts Toilet Paper - very fun and will give your guests a chuckle
Don't forget you can always go with the simple red and pink balloons and crepe paper!
Valentine's Day Table Decorations
Put some Valentine confetti all over the tables. Buy chocolate roses, and put them in a vase on each table as the centerpiece. You can also make place cards with a silly dare on one side, and the person's name on the other (One dare could be, "Sing for your supper").
You’ll want to use paper plates and we have designs that will help you create a daring table. It’s the truth!
Valentine's Day Activities
Play Truth or Dare of course!
Gather your guests into a group, and have a seat. This is a simple game to play, and has very little rules. Choose one person to begin. The "beginner" gets to choose who goes first by asking someone, "Truth or dare?" The chosen person must respond either "Truth" or "Dare". If he/she responds, "Truth", then he/she must respond truthfully to any question asked. If he/she responds, "Dare", he/she must perform a dare that is presented to him/her (no matter what). Prizes are not usually awarded. However, if the host/hostess chooses, small prizes can be awarded for dares once they are successfully completed.
Sample Questions for Truth or Dare
Who is most beautiful person you know (inside and out).
If you could date anyone in the world, who would it be?
Which famous couple throughout history would you like to be a part of?
What is your most romantic dream?
What is your most romantic memory?
If you could kiss anyone in the world, who would it be?
What is the most annoying habit that a romantic partner of yours has ever had?
What is your biggest pet peeve, having to do with a romantic partner?
What is the quality that is most important to you in a romantic partner?
How many times during the day do you think romantic thoughts?
Which relationship appeals to you more, a wild passionate one, or a quiet calm one.
If you are looking for more creativity and far more dirt (I mean direction) in your questions, pick up a copy of one of the following paperbacks at your local bookstore… The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D. (especially the Love & Sex version of this book by the same author), and the series of If…books by Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell.
Sample Dares for Truth or Dare
Attempt to stand on your head.
Sing a song in front of people.
Hop around to each person at the party saying, "I'm cupid, and I will help you find love".
Do 3 consecutive cartwheels.
Lead everyone in the chant, "We want food"!
Most of these dares are pretty tame. This game is much more fun when you are familiar with the people whom you are playing with.
Valentine's Day Party Favors
You'll want to have fun prizes to pass out for your Truth or Dare party. I would get heart shaped beads to pass out to people who answer a truth question. For those who go for a dare, I'd get something a bit more special like a red sequin cowboy hat or red LED Sunglasses. Definitely something they can wear throughout the evening!
As your guests leave for the night, pass out a personalized Valentine's Day candy bar from Creations For You. Yum!
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