Valentine's Day 2016
If you're thinking of taking to the kitchen this February 14th to prepare your beloved a nice home cooked dinner, why not make it an organic experience?
We've got everything you need in our grocery section (find it here)
to prepare a delicious, tasty and romantic organic dining experience for your beau.
We've got the gifts covered too. Choose from our mouth watering selection of fine chocolates, we've a wide range of organic, dairy-free, raw and sugar free options to suit all tastes in our chocolate shop. Try this IQ organic, superfood single-origin raw chocolate bar
As IQ say "All you need is Love.. and Chocolate!" (pictured left).
Don't forget to pop a bottle of something on the table too, we've got a wide range of organic, sulphite free, vegetarian and Fairtrade wines, beers and spirits
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This red wine Malbec from Argentina
has been getting rave reviews from our staff and customers over Christmas or try our bestselling Giol Prosecco
to add a little fizz to the occasion.
Valentine's Day history
Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD.
It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
Valentine was a priest who refused a law attributed to the roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail.
On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first "valentine" card himself, addressed to a young girl, his beloved. It was a note that read "From your Valentine."
The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer wrote:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
["For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]
This poem was written to honour the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia. A treaty providing for a marriage was signed on May 2nd, 1381. (When they were married eight months later, they were each only 15 years old).
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