Ahh.. a long-awaited day for lover’s.. isn’t it? Valentines Day or Saint Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated on 14 of every February. It is a festival of love, romance, and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner or would-be partner 😉 It is celebrated in many ways worldwide and is the day when “love is in the air “marks the beginning of many love stories.
When, I came to know about this day a few years back during my school days, I was quite keen to know that what makes this day a “lover’s day”. So this is what I came across.
ORIGIN OF VALENTINE’S DAY
Though, the origins of Valentine’s Day are not very clear but many sources believe that it arises from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE. But how he became the patron saint of lovers still remains an unresolved mystery, but some sources say that the Roman emperor Claudius II thought that single men made better soldiers and, therefore, forbade them to marry. St. Valentine is said to have secretly married many young lovers and, therefore, became their patron saint. Another story has Valentine while being imprisoned for his Christian faith, falling in love with his jailer’s daughter and sending her a love letter before his execution.
One theory also says that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.
The ancient ceremony included putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would then be paired off until the following year. The Christian church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names in the hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew. However, it was once again girls’ names that ended up in the box by the 16th century.
Eventually, the custom of sending anonymous cards or messages to those whom one admired became the accepted way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. There was an increase in interest in Valentine’s Day, first in the United States and then in Canada, in the mid-19th century. Early versions of Valentine cards fashioned of satin and lace and ornamented with flowers, ribbons, and images of cupids or birds appeared in England in the 1880s
HOW TO CELEBRATE IT?
Well, this is not a festival with fixed customs or norms. The celebration of this day varies from lover to the lover, but the common intention behind every celebration is to make it special for their loved ones. But I guess no valentine is complete without red color and heart shaped stuff 😉
So guys and gals head out and make arrangements ( before your favorite restaurant is all booked :p ) as 14 February is coming and make it a never forgettable valentine for you soul mate. Moreover, if you have some special experience to share with us then go on..!!