Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. It is a day that started with pagan roots, associated with the Roman festival, Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February (February 13-15), Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders, Romulus and Remus. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed around 496 A.D. when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. It is not known, however, which of three St. Valentines (all of whom were martyred) Pope Gelasius was honoring. In 1381, Geoffrey Chaucer, a famous English poet, first associated St. Valentine's Day with romance in a poem he wrote in honor of the engagement between Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. The engagement, the mating season of birds, St. Valentine’s Day and true love were all linked . . . and it’s been a day for lovers ever since.
Red, pink and hearts are all associated with Valentine’s Day. Because of that, I browsed through the shops of artist friends and picked two items from each that would make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts. Some are more traditional and some have a more boho flair. Some are red and/or pink and some are not. Most have hearts, but some do not. But rest assured, a loved one will enjoy receiving any one of these artisan handmade beauties. Enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed this selection of handmade creations from talented artists, any of which would make perfect Valentine's gifts.. If you would like to make my day and the day of the artists featured, please leave a comment. And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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