Valentine’s Day 14th Feb Celebration of Love – Interesting Story: Valentine’s Day, also known as St. Valentine’s Day, is a holiday and traditional day celebrated on February 14th in many parts of the world in which couples express their love by sending Valentine’s cards and gifts.
It originated as a Christian feast day celebrating one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and has since developed into a traditional cultural, religious celebration of romance and love around the world.
History of Valentine’s Day
Many martyrdom stories are associated with February 14, including Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment in the third century for ministering to persecuted Christians in the Roman Empire.
One legend is that Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century. Valentine may have actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself in 270 AD the day before he was to be executed for refusing to renounce his Christian beliefs. According to ancient tradition, Roman Emperor Claudius II decreed that marriage was to be forbidden for young men. He thought that single men made better soldiers than married soldiers, because the soldier, who was married, was always concerned about what would happen to him once he died.
Claudius, King of the Romans, declared that no soldier of his kingdom would marry and that anyone who disobeyed his orders would be punished harshly. However, Saint Valentine of Rome refused to accept this injustice, he meanwhile, secretly used to get young soldiers married. When Claudius knew about this, he had Valentine arrested and imprisoned. The evening before his execution, he wrote the jailer’s daughter a letter and signed “your Valentine” himself, the name of the girl he believed to be his girlfriend.
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The Feast of Saint Valentine, on February 14 established in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome in AD 496 by Pope Gelasius. The day became associated with romantic love because of its relationship with early spring lovebirds in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love emerged.
Valentine’s Day developed in England in the 18th century, where couples express their love for each other by giving flowers, candy, and greeting cards as valentines. The heart-shaped pattern, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid are used today as Valentine’s Day symbols.
In Italy, where the day is known as Saint Valentine’s Malady, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart, as well as to children to ward off epilepsy.
One such day was also celebrated in ancient Persia long before Valentine’s Day. It was known as the Day of Love and Lovers.
Every year on 14th February, people celebrate Valentine’s Day in almost every part of the world and share their love.