Each Year, on February 14th we show our affection for one another by buying gifts and enjoying romantic activities. But why? The origins of Valentine’s are very difficult to trace.
It is said the roots of Valentines Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. This was an event dedicated to the God Lupercus – the God of Shepherds. Lupercalia was a festival of fertility, men would draw names of young women in a lottery and would keep their woman as a companion for a year. The Pope disagreed with this custom, and thus changed the lottery so that both men and women drew names from the Urn, also changing the Patron from Lupercus to Valentine. And so, the festival developed into an occasion to seek the affections of women, commonly following the tradition of giving out handwritten messages of admiration which included the Valentines name.
In the same way, there was also common belief in Europe during the Middle Ages, that the birds chose their partners in the middle of February. Overall, this month has had emotional and romantic significance over the course of History and whilst the customs have changed over the years, one thing remains constant. Showing affection for someone you love.
Kensington Design’s Valentine Selection
Considering it’s Valentines Day we thought it fitting to help you create a romantic dinner setting to remember. We have focused our efforts on curating a wonderful selection of Virginia Casa wares to give your table setting that touch of magic. We have also included a number of accessories we believe will go down a treat! This includes our Cote Bastide range full of luxury, as well as items to treat the home.
See our Valentines Day collection.