Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Valentines Day...a brief history!

Well once the Christmas buzz ends we all find ourselves catapulted towards  the next key dates on our calendars like pancake day (the end of diet!) and of course the month of love ….Valentines!

If you fancy a more outdoor and active break this year then Bundoran is definitely the spot! The Bundoran Surf Company are offering great gift ideas on their website  HERE if you want to kick start your surfing and outdoor hobby clad in the best kit.

Couple a great gift with an overnight in the Grand Central and it is certainly a unique Valentines gesture and certainly one to remember.

Who was St Valentine?

The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.

Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".

How did Valentine's Day start?

Valentine's Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival.

The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime.

It's thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They'd be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they'd get married.

Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too.

Gradually, St Valentine's name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.

Our Valentines offer is selling fast so if you want to enjoy a romantic overnight stay with a three course meal PLUS bubbly from only £99 pps then hurry.

If you are planning a visit to Bundoran then check out the TOP 20 things to do including places to visit.

Don’t forget any month can be the month of love so if February is not your thing then keep an eye on our great offers running each month!

Grand Central Team
valentines at the grand central