Saint Valentines cooking angel on vintage postcard

Salty patties for the sweetest dreams

A day of romance, friendship, love, flowers and chocolate …

On February 14, the world celebrated love and friendship on Valentine’s day.

But who exactly is Valentine and what’s the story behind it?

Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest

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Well, Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century.

Just like a tie between loving hearts and a true guardian of love, Valentine arranged marriages in secret breaking the rules of Emperor Claudius II, who had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers (it’s true that love has no rules).

The legend says that an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” to a young girl, his jailor’s daughter who he was in love with.

Before his death, it is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” which we now use in our love letters.

Saint Valentine vintage postcard

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But have you ever thought of eating salty patty and not drinking water for one night just to see your future bride or groom in the dream who will serve you a glass of water?

Sacrifices, sacrifices… That’s right, love requires sacrifices, but that’s just Armenian version of Valentine’s day which is called “The feast of St Sargis”(celebrated 63 days before Easter, on a Saturday between Jan 18 and Feb 23).

St. Sargis is the Armenian patron saint of love and youth. On the eve of the feast, young boys and girls eat salty patties hoping their future bride or bridegroom will give them water in their dream.

Salty patty recipe, aghi blit

So that’s basically the reason why Armenians think of salty patties instead of pink hearts and roses on the lover’s day!

Whether you are waiting to eat your patty or buying chocolates for your love, be ready to enjoy the day to the fullest, fill it with love, pick a nice outfit and here you go!

Love’s all around the room

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