Flowers, candy, gifts, red hearts and romantic dinners. Every February 14th, people around the world celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, patron of all who are in love.
One legend says that Valentine was a priest who served during the 3rd century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, marriage was forbidden for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
From that moment on he was considered saint patron of all the souls in love.
But why is it celebrated on 14th of February? In ancient Rome, there was a feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February, held in honor of a goddess. There young men would randomly choose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities. But with the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February and in year 496th, Pope Gelasius I, declared that date as “Valentine’s Day”.
It is celebrated mostly in Western culture, but everybody likes to get a chocolate and attention, right?
You can surprise your loved ones with some of the best chocolates and desserts on that sweet day. Balinese chocolate cake with white chocolate, rum ganache and cashew nut ice cream will sweep you off your feet in Sarong restaurant. As well as decadent Toblerone Ice cream—flavours of honeycomb, frangelico, chocolate and flaked almonds, frozen in front of your eyes at the table at minus 210° Celsius, served in the Barbacoa restaurant.
Since the Bali is also one of the most romantic islands in the world, it offers a variety of dinner choices for Valentine’s Day.
You can find delicious food with one of the best views on the island in the bay of Jimbaran. At Sundara restaurant in Four Season Hotel, they have an aphrodisiac- inspired menu, first-class service and tantric cocktails. Intrigued?
The 5-course dinner features tempura oyster, Tasmanian salmon salad, champagne lobster and pistachio-crusted lamb rack followed by a passionate macaroon. You can also have a dessert buffet of more than 20 fresh-baked cakes, tarts, alcohol filled chocolates, homemade marshmallow and vanilla pinky meringue plus Valrhona chocolate fountain. It would be great to spoil your loved ones on this beautiful island this Valentine’s Day!