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History of St Valentines Day - a.ngl.girls



History of St Valentines Day
saint valentin - History of St Valentines Day
Valentine's Day - the popular
festival of love and romances traces
its origin to ancient Roman festival
and has not been created by card
companies as some people believe
it to be. There are various legends
associated with the festival along
with the belief that birds began to
mate from this day. Popularity of
the Valentine's Day festival stems
from the combined effects of all
these legends, beliefs and of course
the wish to glorify the unparalleled
feeling of love.
Feast of Lupercalia
Historians trace the origin of
Valentine's Day to ancient Roman
Empire. It is said that in the Rome
of ancient times people observed a
holiday on February 14th to honor
Juno - the Queen of Roman Gods
and Goddesses. The Romans also
regarded Juno as the Goddess of
Women and Marriage. On the
following day, February 15th began
the fertility festival called 'Feast of
Lupercalia'. The festival of
Lupercalia was celebrated to honor
the Gods Lupercus and Faunus -
the Roman God of Agriculture
besides the legendary founders of
Rome, Romulus and Remus.
An interesting custom was
followed in the Feast of Lupercalia
to bring together young boys and
girls who otherwise were strictly
separated. On the eve of the
festival names of young Roman
girls were written on a slip of paper
and placed into jars. Each young
man drew out a girl's name from
the jar and was paired with the girl
for the duration of Lupercalia.
Sometime pairing lasted for a year
until next year's celebration. Quite
often, the couple would fall in love
with each other and later marry.
The custom lasted for a long time
until people felt that the custom
was un-Christian and that mates
should be chosen by sight, not luck.
Defiance by Saint Valentine
The pairing of young boys and girls
did set the mood of the Valentine's
Day Festival as we know today. But
it was actually due to the efforts
and daring of a priest St Valentine
that the festival got its name and
clearer meaning. The story goes
that during the reign of Emperor
Claudius II Rome was involved in
several bloody and unpopular
campaigns. Claudius found it tough
to get soldiers and felt the reason
was men did not join army because
they did not wish to leave their
wives and families. As a result
Claudius cancelled all marriages
and engagements in Rome. A
romantic at heart priest of Rome
Saint Valentine defied Claudius's
unjustified order. Along with Saint
Marius, St Valentine secretly
married couples. When his defiance
was discovered, Valentine was
brutally beaten and put to death
on February 14, about 270 AD. After
his death Valentine was named a
Saint.
According to another version of
legend Valentine was killed
because he attempted to help
Christians escape from the Roman
prison as they were being tortured
and beaten there. Yet another
popular version of the legend
states that while in prison
Valentine or Valentinus fell in love
with jailer's daughter who visited
him during confinement. Before his
death Valentine wrote a farewell
letter to his sweetheart from the
jail and signed ‘From your
Valentine'. The expression became
quite popular amongst love struck
and is still very much in vogue.
By the Middle Ages, Valentine
assumed the image of heroic and
romantic figure amongst the
masses in England and France.
Later, when Christianity spread
through Rome, the priests moved
Lupercalia from February 15 to
February 14. Around 498 AD, Pope
Gelasius declared February 14 as
St. Valentine's Day to honor the
martyr Valentinus and to end the
pagan celebration.
Beginning of Birds Mating
Season
During the Middle Ages, people in
England and France held a belief
that birds started to look for their
mate from February 14. This
popular notion further helped to
link Valentine's Day - celebrated in
the middle of the February, with
love and romance. Over the period
of time, St Valentine became the
patron saint of lovers and they
began to celebrate Valentine's Day
as a day of romance by exchanging
love notes and simple gifts such as
flower.
Popularity of St Valentines Day
Valentine's Day festival gradually
grew in popularity amongst the
masses due to the combined effect
of all the above said reasons. To
mark the day lovers began to
exchange love notes called
‘Valentines' with their sweethearts.
In the beginning the trend was to
send handmade cards but this was
changed in the beginning of 19th
century and mass-produced
greeting cards caught the fancy of
the people. In the course of time,
Valentine's day came to be
regarded as the festival that
celebrates love and not just
romantic love. Today, Valentine's
Day cards are gifted to teachers,
parents, friends, siblings and
sweethearts. Popularity of
Valentine's Day has spread in
countries across the seven
continents and is still increasing by
the year.


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