Mike and Rose Dean celebrate their 50th wedding
at the Expats’ Club, pictured with Chris Hedges and Jim Cox.
Koi and Arnaud, together with Rudy, (centre),
celebrating at Nasi-JumPru.
Eric Nagtegaal and Mira Meeuwis decided
to celebrate Valentine’s Night.
Nancy and Birney Boyd, happily and faithfully
married for 34 years
chose M Cuisine for Valentine’s Night - they said they want another 34 at
Anja and Willy Winger celebrate Valentine’s
Night at Da Mattia Restaurant.
Hagen Dirksen, Honorary German Consul (third
from the right),
along with his wife Wanpen (fourth from the right), hosted a glamorous party
at the Saenkham Terrace Restaurant on Valentine’s Night.
Malcolm and Miew Logan celebrate their wedding
at the House of Palm,
Doi Saket, on Valentine’s Day. The Chiang Mai Mail would like to
congratulate them and wish them all the very best for the future.
Every February 14, across the world, cards, gifts, flowers and celebrations
mark St. Valentine’s Day. Lovers choose this day to commit to each other in
marriage, or in less formal but just as meaningful ways, and even
long-established couples remember with warmth and affection the romantic
moments of their lives together. However, how many of us stop to think how
this day came about? We know that Valentine was a saint of the Christian
Church; we believe, correctly, that the saint’s and his day’s true origins
are lost in legend, but which legends? Here are several to choose from!
According to one legend, Valentine himself sent the first “Valentine’s”
greeting. Whilst in prison, he supposedly fell in love with a young girl -
perhaps his jailer’s daughter - who visited him regularly. Before his death,
he reputedly wrote a letter to his beloved, and signed it “From your
Valentine”, an expression which has survived to this day. Another legend
places him as a Christian priest in 3rd century Rome at the time that the
Roman Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage for young men in the hope that this
would make them more committed soldiers. Valentine, realising the injustice
of the Emperor’s decree, continued to perform marriages in secret, until he
was discovered and condemned to death. A third legend tells that Valentine
was executed for helping Christians escape from the beatings and torture
they endured in Roman prisons.
Another question - why February 14? Some believe that Valentine’s Day is
celebrated in the middle of February as a commemoration of his death, which
probably occurred around A.D. 270. Others claim that, as with so many other
dated Christian festivals, the date was chosen in order to “Christianise” a
pagan festival; that of Lupercalia, the purification rite signifying the
official beginning of spring. Lupercalia was celebrated as a fertility
festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and as such may
have included rites of which the newly formed Christian Church definitely
did not approve!
Whatever and whenever, in A.D. 498, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as
St. Valentine’s Day, thus beginning the tradition which continues to this
day. During the Middle Ages, it was believed in France and England that this
date signified, for birds, the beginning of the mating season, thus
reinforcing the tradition of romance! The oldest known Valentine still in
existence is a poem written in the year 1415 by Charles, the Duke of
Orleans, to his wife, whilst he was imprisoned in the Tower of London
following his capture after the Battle of Agincourt. The English King Henry
V is reputed to have hired a writer to compose a Valentine message to
Catherine of Valois.
As for the saint himself, in 1835 his remains, or what are believed to be
his remains, were given by Pope Gregory XVI to an Irish priest, Father John
Spratt, who had vastly impressed the pontiff with the fire and conviction of
his preaching. The gift, still in its black and gold casket, can still be
viewed on St. Valentine’s Day at the Catholic Church in Whitefriar Street,
David Biggs and Nitradee Noja celebrating at the Riverside Restaurant.
Vimonwan Engphaiboom and Sayam Suebsaeng
chose Buonissimo Italian Restaurant on the river to celebrate Valentine’s
Jamie Thompson and Napaporn Chuekaew picked
the Sofitel Riverside for their Valentine’s Night.
Supha and Terry Fardeau chose the WOW Bar
at the Shangri-La for Valentine’s Night.
Relaxing on Valentine’s Night at the Ginger &
Kafe; Dermot Fox and Fiona Cianci.
Prem and Tom Salisbury, married for 37 years;
at the UN Irish Pub for their Valentine’s Night.
Prem’s grandfather is credited with introducing strawberries to Thailand!
Todd Kassap and Pia Suksabai enjoying
Valentine’s Night at The Garden Bar.
US Consul General Michael K. Morrow and his wife
to head out on their first Valentine’s Night in Chiang Mai.
At the Imperial Mae Ping, Joyce and Brad Hazlett
a special Valentine’s Night.
“Silk”, starring Keira Knightly, ‘Love knows no
Executive Producer Jonathan Debin and his beautiful wife Shaki chose
the Chedi Hotel for Valentine’s Night.
At the Centara Duantawan Hotel, love was all
around with Henry and Heather Koo.
Guy and Suda Montfort help celebrate
Saisunee Nimkumpai’s birthday (centre) at the Pasta Cafe.
La Gritta at the Amari Rincome found Manassanan
and Randy Wilkins celebrating Valentine’s Night.
Valerie Hemberg and Ronald Rivat spending a
romantic Valentine’s evening
by the pool at the D2 Hotel.
Neil and Leanne Allen decided on a candlelit
dinner at the Holiday Inn
for a romantic Valentine’s Night.
Lena and Steen Boge decided on The House
for a romantic Valentine’s Night.