Head to the West Coast to rekindle the sense of magic, romance and excitement experienced during Valentine’s. Draaihoek Lodge offer to spoil you and your partner with a luxurious but affordable romantic treat: 2 nights’ accommodation inclusive of sumptuous breakfasts and a sensuous gourmet dining experience for 2 at R2600.00. This offer is valid for nights of 01.03.2011 – 31.03.2011.
Draaihoek Lodge’s beautifully styled surroundings offer the perfect setting for you to celebrate your love, treasure each other and restore your heart, mind, body and soul.
Valentine’s Day history
Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 throughout the world. In English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. This famed day is named after the early Christian martyr named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”
Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.