Every year and millions around the world celebrate February 14 with candy, Red Roses and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But very few ones knew who is this mysterious ancient saint, and from where did these traditions come from? lets find out about the real story of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.
Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who served in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today,according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third Saint Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.
At the era of Valentine’s life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.
Eventually Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Saint Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor’s blind daughter whom he treated. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine’. Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270.’
How did Valentine’s Day Started?
Valentine’s Day is a very ancient tradition originated from Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the mid of February, one can say it was officially the start of their springtime. It’s concept as part of the celebrations, boys takes out names of girls from a box. After that they’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes in future they’d get married.
Later on, the church decided to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and to use this festival to remember St Valentine too.
Slowly and Gradually, St Valentine’s name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.
Valentine’s Week List Of 2017 – Complete Date Sheet
First Day of Valentine – Rose Day – 7th February 2017
Second Day of Valentine – Propose Day – 8th February 2017
Third Day of Valentine – Chocolate Day – 9th February 2017
Fourth Day of Valentine – Teddy Day – 10th February 2017
Fifth Day of Valentine – Promise Day – 11th February 2017
Sixth Day of Valentine – Hug Day – 12th February 2017
Seventh Day of Valentine – Kiss Day – 7th February 20113
Eight Day of Valentine – Valentine’sDay – 14th February 2017