An ancient custom of honouring the Roman God of Fertility has over the years gone through different connotations and today has become the day to celebrate love: Valentine’s Day. Beliefs about 14th of February range from it being the day birds propose to each other, to the day of Saint Valentine’s martyrdom. Even though customs and traditions on Valentine’s Day have changed and people have been celebrating it differently from one another, the essence of its festivity has remained the same over the past centuries.
Lupercalia, an ancient Roman festival involved some very bizarre rituals involving an animal sacrifice following blood rites, is the earliest record of celebrations on 14th February. By around 494 CE though, the Christian Church had appropriated this fertility rite as the Feast of Purification. Later on, February 14th was celebrated as the Feast of St. Valentine, honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Valentines Day was first associated with romantic love in 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love started to flourish. In 18th century, it evolved into an occasion for lovers to present flowers, confectionary and greeting cards to each other. Since the 19th century, mass produced greeting cards had stepped onto the scene. Recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance, this day is celebrated across the globe with gifts of chocolates, flowers, jewellery and romantic dinners.
A day to commemorate the dearest person in your life is the probably the most important day of your year, and if you have any doubts about that, you might be in deep trouble. Most people say that it doesn’t matter what gift you give, because it is a good gift that which is personal. Keep telling yourself that. The truth of the matter is that no gift is good if it’s not impressive. Simple. And when it comes to an impressive Valentine’s Day gift, nothing comes close to celebrating the occasion than a Valentines Day cruise at Sydney Harbour! You may argue that there are better material gifts suited for the occasion but nothing simply comes close to gifting a personal experience such as this. Take some time off your busy schedule and wind down on this cruise. Keep up the freshness of your relationship or meet someone new-- it doesn’t matter what you are celebrating because the cruise will keep you both entertained throughout the evening.
Enjoy one of the best harbour views in the world along with your loved one aboard the Sydney Showboat Valentine’s Day cruise! Take a leisurely stroll along the outer decks for some much needed personal time, indulge in a good meal and a glass of champagne, and witness a spectacular show that has been wowing audiences for over three decades! Experience the best of what Sydney Harbour has to offer aboard the Sydney Showboat and you are guaranteed to have a truly one-of-a-kind experience on your special day! Even if you aren’t celebrating Valentine’s Day and believe that any day is a special day, we’ve got you covered too. Go on a Date Night Cruise!