We get another shot at love on National Lover’s Day, which falls on April 23. There are many days in the year dedicated to expressing love. One of the major ones is Valentine’s Day, but if you missed it, you have the chance to make up for it on Lover’s Day — a day dedicated to celebrating your love for your significant other. This day is said to have originated from Saint George’s Day, which falls on the same day and is celebrated across Europe.
History of National Lover's Day
National Lover’s Day is proof that there is no such thing as too much love. This holiday falls after the more popular Valentine’s Day, and comes just before Global Love Day, celebrated on May 1, it presents another opportunity to spoil your lover or betrothed with gifts of appreciation.
Although there isn’t a definitive origin of the day and no detailed history of it, some say it came about as a result of Saint George’s Day, which is observed on the same day — April 23. Saint George’s Day is celebrated in Europe by taking the time to honor both love and literature. Saint George, after whom the day is named, received this official honor from the Christian Church for having lived in a holy way. He died on April 23, 303 A.D.
April 23 also marks the day writers William Shakespeare and Josep Pla died. In the Spanish region of Catalonia, it is often called ‘El Dia de La Rosa,’ meaning ‘The Day of the Rose’ or ‘El Dia del Libre’ (‘The Day of the Book’).
Another reason you’ll run out of excuses not to dedicate a day to your loved one is, ‘Dia dos Namorados,’ which is Brazil’s Lover’s Day, falls on June 12 and is also celebrated by giving gifts and romantic activities, like going on a date.
National Lover's Day timeline
Venerated Saint George passes away on April 23.
William Shakespeare and chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega pass away on April 23.
Popular Spanish journalist and author, Joseph Pla, passes away on April 23.
The author of the “Mary Poppins” books, Pamela Lydon Travers passes away on April 23.
National Lover's Day FAQs
Are Valentine’s Day and National Lover’s Day the same?
No, they are two different days that both emphasize the same thing — love. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14, while National Lover’s Day is celebrated on April 23.
Where is Lover’s Day celebrated?
Lover’s Day is typically observed in Europe in various cultural expressions. However, the day can be celebrated by anyone looking to show some love to their significant other.
What else is celebrated on Lover’s Day?
Lover’s Day is also observed alongside St. George’s Day and coincides with the day that several significant writers and literates, such as William Shakespeare, and Josep Pla, died.
How To Celebrate National Lover’s Day
Express your love
Today presents the perfect opportunity to tell someone just how much they mean to you in hopes of becoming their lover or reaffirming the love for your current partner with sweet words. Today also happens to be Take A Chance Day, so what do you have to lose?
Plan something special
Do something thoughtful that you know will have sentimental value to your sweetheart. It could be something as simple as preparing their favorite meal.
Buy them a present
Gifting is one way to express your feelings towards your lover or companion. Buy a gift you know they’ll love, and if you aren’t sure what that is, think of creative yet subtle ways to find out.
5 Biological Facts About Love That Will Interest You
Cuddling is a pain killer
Oxytocin is produced when hugging, and a dose of this hormone has the potential to ease headaches.
Chemicals released when you’re first attracted to someone is called dopamine, which is what gives drug users the high that they feel.
It can literally drive you crazy
Low levels of serotonin, a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorders, may lead to negative aspects of infatuation.
Heartbreak isn’t just a metaphor
Going through the loss of a loved one can cause real physical pain in your heart known as the Broken Heart Syndrome.
Your heartbeats may be synchronized
Looking into your partner’s eyes can cause both your heart rates to eventually sync.
Why We Love National Lover’s Day
It’s a day about love
What’s not to love about this day dedicated to celebrating romance? National Lover’s Day is all about acknowledging the feelings we have for our partners.
It’s another chance to express love
National Lover’s Day gives us a further opportunity to express our love for our partners. Anyone who missed Valentine's Day can make up for it on National Lover’s Day, and even if you did celebrate it, why not do something new and exciting with your partner?
It’s a reminder to make the time
National Lover’s Day lets us break away from our busy schedules and spend some quality time with our lover or companion. It’s easy to get swept away by responsibilities, and a day like this makes sure we dial it down and prioritize who really matters.
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