Valentine's Day Myths and Truths.
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February 10, 2012
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in his Parlement of Foules (1382 AD):
"For this was seynt Volantynys day
When euery byrd comyth there to chese his make."
["For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]
The lyrics were intended to celebrate the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia on May 2nd, 1382. May 2nd is the saint's day of Valentine of Genoa. The Valentine referred to of February 14th was the Valentine of Rome who was martyred on February 14th, 269 AD.
With Chaucer's lyrics began the tradition of Valentine's Day, even though it was on the wrong day and birds did not come to choose their mates in the middle of February in England (they probably flocked away to Spain or North Africa around that time). At least the marriage of King Richard II is a good reason to celebrate love--Richard II and Anne were both sharing love at the tender age of 15 when they were married eight months after their engagement.
Misunderstanding or not, today, February 14th has become a day that we enjoy sharing with our special person. Sharing gifts, chocolates, roses, and of course great food. This year, have your Valentine's Day dinner catered. It a great way of presenting a romantic and very intimate dinner with your sweetheart. With Valentine's Day falling this year next Tuesday, it's also a great way of making your dinner an exciting event, rather than a long tired traditional dinner at the overcrowded restaurant. Cayenne Catering can help you pick out the perfect dishes and have them prepared for your intimate dinner. All you have to do is set the table and bring your appetite!