The Well Cafe,
The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church,
25 Nicolson Sq,
Edinburgh EH8 9BX
A lovingly-prepared special two or three course lunch on Wednesday 14 February:
Two courses + tea/coffee – £10.75
Three courses + tea/coffee – £12.95
Go on, treat yourself, your friends and family … Individuals and groups most welcome!
Book ahead by emailing Sergio at
email@example.com or call 0131 662 8635
The celebrations of St. Valentine’s Day are steeped in legend and mystery. In all, there are about a dozen St. Valentines, plus a Pope! The Christian saint we celebrate on Valentine’s Day is known officially as St. Valentine of Rome in order to differentiate him from the dozen or so other Valentines on the list. Because “Valentinus”—from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful—was a popular moniker between the second and eighth centuries A.D., several martyrs over the centuries have carried this name.Saints are certainly expected to keep busy in the afterlife. Their holy duties include interceding in earthly affairs and entertaining petitions from living souls. In this respect, St. Valentine has wide-ranging spiritual responsibilities. People call on him to watch over the lives of people in love, of course, but also for interventions regarding beekeeping and epilepsy, as well as the plague, fainting and traveling.The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer may have invented ‘Valentine’s Day’. He often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375.Valentine’s Day has spawned celebrations of love beyond western culture. In Japan and Korea, Valentine’s has become almost an obligation for women to give chocolates, known as giri-choco, to all of their co-workers.