Saint Valentines Day, also known as “Valentine’s Day” or “Feast of Saint Valentine” is a day celebrated annually on 14th February.
Although many may view Valentines Day as a gimmick, the day itself has become increasingly popular through the years and for many it is an opportunity to celebrate love and all that it embodies! Valentines Day is not a myth and indeed there is a history to back-up this popular annual event.
The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.
Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime. It’s thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they’d get married. Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too.
Throughout the ages, St Valentine’s name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved and gained momentum over the last number of decades and established itself as one of the most popular days in the year for people to send cards, book a romantic meal & book a romantic break etc.
Although Valentines Day is predominantly a day to celebrate all things love-related, internationally, Valentines Day is celebrated for many various reasons. Valentine’s Day in Finland & Guatemala is known-as “Friend’s Day”, a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures, they focus on celebrating friendship opposed to romance. Similarly in the United States they use Valentines Day to show their appreciation to their family & friends.
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