Every February 14th, throughout the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

Whether it’s your sweetheart, your children, or your favorite furry friend, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show someone special that you care.

But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

Valentine’s Day has its roots in an ancient Roman tradition called Lupercalia. Later, Lupercalia was absorbed into Christian tradition, transforming into Saint Valentine.

Traditions these days vary from country to country – here’re a few I found about the romantic myth going on around the world on the 14th!

In the United States lovers go all out in displaying their fondness for each other: Every year, Americans spend a sweet 18 billion dollars on candy, cards, chocolates, flowers and jewelry. Greeting cards are the most common gift, but not just for couples. Family, friends and schoolchildren also exchange cards with notes of friendship, affection and appreciation. America’s most popular Valentine’s Day candy isn’t a box of chocolates, though – it’s the little conversation hearts with messages like “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me”. Fun fact: enough candy hearts are produced in a year for everyone in the world to have one!

In the Netherlands and Germany, couples get seriously romantic on Valentine’s Day. Lovebirds exchange gifts of flowers, chocolates and jewelry. In the evening, couples typically enjoy a nice dinner on the town or opt for a candle-lit spread at home. Either way, love is in the air.

For anyone flying solo, Finland is the place to be. You don’t have to worry about feeling left out of the festivities because in this country it’s all about celebrating with your friends. The day is even called ‘Friend’s Day’ in Finnish, not Valentine’s. The official flower is the pink rose, but mates are happy to receive gifts, cards or candy, too.

Ahh…Valentine’s Day, the time to celebrate love. From chocolate to jewelry to romantic dinners, who doesn’t enjoy a nice Valentine’s Day?

At café evergreen we have all your bases covered for a romantic and enjoyable Valentine’s Day. As a special Chef’s Choice we will serve a heart shaped ravioli, filet steak and vegan marsala dish in addition to our regular menu.

…make your reservation today. Call us at 941 412 4334.