“She loves me, she loves me not…?” or maybe it is “He loves me…”, you get the picture. Whichever it may be, you know that Valentine’s Day soon approaches – the 14th February to be precise!!!

The first question may be, what on earth are you going to do for that someone special in your life? We all seem to associate Valentine’s Day with something the same and something very different. Some of us lonely souls use the day to lament the loss of love foregone, some of us celebrate the love we have for our family but universally most people associate V-Day with passionate love, red hearts, flowers, chocolates, and romance.

Whichever it may be for you, we wish you all the best in gathering fellow single folk, gathering your loved one(s) and mostly using the day doing something amazing. Under no circumstances do we encourage you to sit around playing love songs by yourself and eating chocolate all day!!! Of course, we recommend you spend the day solo, in a group or your loved one to experience the exhilaration of Scuba diving in Bali. We will get to this later – trust me, we have some special goodies coming your way!!!

But first, let’s take a quick glance at the history of Valentine’s Day.

Many people attribute the history of Valentine’s Day with the 3rd century (A.D.) execution of two men for performing forbidden marriage rituals. These executions were under the instruction of Emperor Claudius II and their martyrdom was honored with the celebration of St Valentine’s Day.

It is rumored that one of the individuals restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge that sent him to execution, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his untimely death.

The celebration of Valentine’s Day then started gaining popular appeal with the writings of Chaucer and Shakespeare. It was in the Middle Ages that the Romantics of Europe started delivering handwritten cards with tones of passion, love, and lust.

But the real popularism of Valentine’s Day was really borne from the first mass-production of Valentine’s Day by the infamous Hallmark Cards in 1913. This is when the masses flocked to this occasion of the celebration of love by way of gifts, jewellery, chocolates and holidays. The ‘industry’ of Valentine’s Day is now an $18 billion occasion celebrated by many cultures and religions globally.

In 2020, Hallmark cards have changed their profile but the essence of Valentine’s Day is still very much alive. The pressures of doing something exciting are still upon all of us…!!!

Here at Bali Scuba, we are also celebrating the tradition of giving and we extend a 2-for-1 special for our guests diving on 14 February 2020. This includes our Discover Scuba Dive day and a day fun-diving for you and the person you want to dive with on Valentine’s Day.

May the Love be with YOU!!!

Adam Lacey and the Bali Scuba Team