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Two February Wedding Proposal Traditions
September 9, 2021

Considering asking that important question to the man or woman of your dreams? Here are two traditions that make this February the perfect  month for a wedding proposal.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated on February 14theach year, and has long been associated with romantic love and lovers. The tradition has its roots in Christianity, although it is not entirely clear which Saint Valentine is celebrated, as there are several saints with the same name. One of the most popular attributions is to Saint Valentine of Rome. He was allegedly imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians, who were the subject of persecution under the Roman Empire.

The day was first associated with romantic love in England in the  Middle Ages, and in the 18th century evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers or confectionery, and sending greeting cards.  In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers as an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart.

Leap Day

As a leap year, 2016 will have a February 29th.  According to an old Irish legend, a deal was struck between St Brigid and St Patrick to allow women to propose to men on this one day every four years. In some traditions, any man refusing a wedding proposal on this day had to pay a penalty, such as a gift or gown for the woman. In some countries a man who refused a leap day wedding proposal had to by her 12 pairs of gloves!

So, if you are planning to ‘pop the question’ this month, you are in good company. Good luck!