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Valentine’s Day 2019

Written by Daniella

Most of us are romantics, or think about love or romance anyway. They say that love makes the world go round (with the permission of money, though) and we are sure that most beautiful things that happen on this planet, have to do with love. A father loves his son, a mother loves her daughter, there’s love between brothers, friends, animals and, of course, love between couples. This last type of love, the romantic kind, is the one we want to talk about today. That’s why this article by ShBarcelona will give you information and ideas for this special day of commemorating love: Valentine’s Day.

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Celebrate the day of love in Barcelona

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Valentine, also known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is thought to be a doctor, who became a bishop to marry soldiers. This was something that was forbidden by Claudius, the emperor of the time, because he believed that it distracted them from their military duty. Valentine was therefore tortured and became a martyr, and thus you have the creation of the legend of this saint who, with his sole purpose of intertwining the souls of soldiers in love, faced torture and death. In modern times, the West decided to create a wonderful day with romantic love as a standard. And cupid, a naughty cherub who amuses himself by shooting arrows of love at lonely hearts, is the master of ceremonies. Who has not felt the arrows of Cupid in life? February 14th is the day on which you can declare your love in silence and love may be returned despite your silence. Or it is the perfect day for you to renew your love, that has been worn out by routine. Remember, that if you want a beautiful flower to last, it needs TLC regularly. Or maybe you seek to formalize a love that has been growing for a few weeks or months, so what better time than Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine has a tough competitor in Catalonia: another saint who fought in the name of love: Sant Jordi. In Barcelona it is costumary to celebrate Sant Jordi as a day of love, when men give women roses and women, in turn, give men books. Although that is the theory, most of the times women give themselves roses and books, and men do the same. The truth is that, due to this emblematic day in the Catalan capital (and the entire autonomous community), Valentine’s Day has ceased to have the relevance it has in other parts of Spain. But that does not have to stop you, so take your lover and go for a romantic walk in Ciutadella Park, or take your soulmate to eat cotton candy at Tibidabo amusement park. Do you prefer the theater? Stop by Barcelona’s Broadway, the Avinguda del Paral.lel. But if there is anything that will do the trick during a romantic date with your love or partner, then surely the way to a man’s heart, or woman’s heart for that matter, is through the stomach. Leave your loved one impressed by taking him or her to dinner at ABaC and book a room at their hotel. Of course it’s not cheap, but hey… who said love was cheap?

What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day? Any original tips?

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Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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