History of Valentines Day

14 Feb

Every year, the fourteenth day of the month of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. In many countries, restaurants and eateries are seen to be filled with couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines. There hardly seems to be a young man or woman who is not keen to make the most of the day.

25916_492181980839574_1064536322_nThe reason behind all of this is a kindly cleric named Valentine who died more than a thousand years ago.

It is not exactly known why the 14th of February is known as Valentine’s Day or if the noble Valentine really had any relation to this day. The history of Valentine’s Day is impossible to be obtained from any archive and the veil of centuries gone by has made the origin behind this day more difficult to trace. It is only some legends that are our source for the history of Valentine’s Day.ID-1005529

The modern St. Valentine’s Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. As per one legend, the holiday has originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to observed annually on February 15. But the rise of Christianity in Europe saw many pagan holidays being renamed for and dedicated to the early Christian martyrs. Lupercalia was no exception. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14. He proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. It is this St. Valentine whom the modern Valentine’s Day honors.

Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm

via History of Valentines Day.

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3 Responses to “History of Valentines Day”

  1. Lisa Orchard February 15, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for following my blog! I hope I write about things that interest you. :)

  2. lordsofthedrinks February 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Forget Valentines Day… It’s St Trifon Day! So cheers!

    http://lordsofthedrinks.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/st-valentine-there-is-a-more-important-saint-today/

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