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 Post subject: The history of Valentine’s Day
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:13 am 
The history of Valentine’s Day

It’s an auspicious, red-letter day that falls on February 14 of every year called lovably as St. Valentine’s Day’. The history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery though it has become immensely popular among today’s lovers. One legend contends that St. Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.

When Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men, having decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, challenged Claudius II and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When the priest Valentine’s actions were discovered Claudius ordered that he be executed.

One legend says Valentine was a prisoner and that he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter while in prison, and that, before his death, he sent the first valentine greeting signed as, “From your Valentine”, a phrase still in use today. Whatever the legend says, St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

Another legend states that the valentine day began as a holiday for god who protected livestock from wolves outside Rome. How the day came to be associated with young love is unknown. With the passage of time the original meaning of the event was lost as the event itself became part of the popular culture in recent times.

Oddly enough, this Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated in such a grand scale in our country, has no connection whatsoever with our culture or tradition, leaving aside the fact that love is universal.

The close association between popular culture and commercial interests has evolved over a long period making the two aspects inseparable. Many businesses have evolved around the event, with popular culture and business reinforcing each other.

The Valentine day, as it has evolved in association with commerce has an economic utility value in a market economy. It creates business opportunities, add value and generates employment. On the other hand business talent, creativity and innovation can contribute to raise popular culture to a higher level.

The Valentine’s Day is certainly relevant if we rediscover its original meaning, particularly in the context of the gradual breakdown of the family system.

In a democracy, Valentine’s Day is a matter of choice. Breaking the link between the Valentine’s Day and commerce forcibly is a denial of this choice. What is important is to identify and critically review the practices associated with the event. We need to apply the concept of “best practicies” to identify the desirable practicies and the harmful practices.

It’s the day, to show, or enlighten your dearly loved one, how much you adore and care! ‘Love is blind’, no doubt, and all encouragement must be extended, by parents and elders of couples, who are truly loyal, firm, sincere steady and understanding, irrespective of castes, creeds races and religions (without holding on to strict ethnic differences)!

The special day February 14 was a holiday to all the Romans in order to honour the Juno, the Queen of Cupid (love), of the Roman Gods’ and goddesses! The lovers made it a day of get together dances, grand parties and so on; very similar to the birthday celebrations of all lovers! Well, it’s a great significant, remembrance day, to be reckoned by all lovers anywhere, (the day, the lovers world over, falls in love intimately, to each, or one another)?.

It’s also, an absolute, symbolic of several of the bonds of enduring true love, without any doubts, at all levels of human life!

Thus, the St. Valentine’s Day need a grand or full recognition and tremendous support of all lovers’ celebrations, in our beautiful county of people with kind hospitality and affection (love).

“Love is the unity, behind all creations, Faith is the spain, between God and Man!”


Valentine Trivia

:arrow: To be awakened by a kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered very good luck
:arrow: The oldest paper valentine still around is in the collection of the British Library in London. It was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415
:arrow: Legend has it that Valentine's Day is when birds find their mates
Until the 1800s, only English producers made Valentine cards, they shipped them all over the world
:arrow: In North America, Valentine’s is the 2nd most popular time to send cards (Christmas is the first)
:arrow: In Japan, only girls give gifts on Valentine’s Day; the boys reciprocate the gifts on White Day (March 14th)
:arrow: In days gone by in Wales, wooden love spoons were presented to sweethearts on February 14th
:arrow: In days of yore in Turin, Italian couples announced engagements on Valentine’s Day

Valentine Symbols

1. Cupid is the son of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love. Legend holds that mischievous Cupid flew around shooting arrows into people’s hearts to make them fall in love.

2. Love Birds are brightly colored birds found in Africa. They often sit very close to their mates, making it seem they are cuddling much of the time. http://www.africanlovebirdsociety.com/

3. Doves are symbols of love and loyalty. Mourning Doves mate for life and are excellent parents who share the care of their babies.

4. Flowers are a symbol of love and happiness. Roses were sacred to Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love.

5. Red Hearts are an ancient symbol of love. Because the human heart beats faster when one is excited, the heart was thought to be the centre of emotion and feeling in ancient times.

6. Interlocking Hearts, also known as the true-love knot, represent two hearts joined as one. Sometimes the true-love knot is joined with a capital “A”. The “A” stands for the Latin phrase “Amor vincit omnia”, meaning “Love conquers all.”


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