by Loretta Barnard | 14th February 2021 | Highlighted, my take on, residents | 0 comments
Valentine’s Day – the most romantic day on the calendar – and maybe you’ve already planned the perfect fairy tale date with the person you like best
But where does it all come from? The name “Valentine” is thrown around with gay devotion, but who exactly was he, this saint who is connected with love and romance and whose memory on the 14th February is celebrated? I say “memory” but in fact his memory is not celebrated at all. The cold, hard truth is that no one really gives a flying knowledge of poor old Valentine’s Day
Today we offer a humble attempt to fill that void in our collective knowledge and bring “Valentine’s Day” back into Valentine’s Day. It turns out that there are three possible candidates for our man of the hour
In the third century Rome, Emperor Claudius II decreedThat Young Men Was Forbidden to Marry Claudius had the crazy idea that men with wives and children couldn’t keep their thoughts on the job when they were at war, and he wanted all of his soldiers to be single Valentine was a local Roman priest who thought this was a ridiculous decision and continued to hold weddings for young lovers
Claudius had liked Valentine very much until now, but these marriages and the fact that Valentine was trying to convert Claudius to Christianity put an end to it. Claudius had Valentine executed February
We’re in the same timeframe here, but this Valentine’s Day, a bishop who lives in what is now Terni, Italy, helped Christian prisoners escape Roman imprisonment, only to be caught in the act and self-imprisoned during his trial he miraculously restored the eyesight of a blind girl he might have fallen in love with.Unluckily for Valentine # 2, all that Christianity didn’t cut the mustard and he was beheaded, as the story goes, he met the girl shortly before his Tod wrote a love letter in which he signed “from your Valentine’s Day”
Valentine # 3 appears to have been a missionary in Africa.Not only did he fail to convert Africans to the Christian faith, but he was martyred for trying which is about all anyone knows.The date of his death is also Jan. February
What is it with love and romance? How is a martyr associated with the sentimentality of Valentine’s Day?
Here, too, there are a number of theories.In pre-Christian times, a festival of love and fertility called Lupercalia took place in mid-February.It sounds like a kind of lottery in which the names of marriageable girls were drawn from a box by marriageable men Married at first sight – just like on the TV show! However, the story goes that in the late fifth century Pope Gelasius wanted to end the celebration of Lupercalia and announced that the 14th February would become known as Valentine’s Day.The pagans were unwilling to give up their traditions and continued to trade love tokens on that day
Another theory from the Middle Ages is that Valentine’s Day was the day birds found a partner and set out to get fledglings you know – love birds, if it was good enough for birds to declare their love, then why not people too?
But wait! There are many who believe that the romantic nature of Valentine’s Day was all Geoffrey Chaucer did to the famous author (1343-1400) of The Canterbury Tales was the one who wrote the whole business about birds, which was released on Nov. Gathered together on February 25th to mate This was in his Parlement of Foules (c 1380) Of course, Chaucer may not have been the first to put forward this idea, but he’s the one to do all the honors
The definitive origins of Valentine’s Day romantic association remain the subject of speculation.As for Valentine himself (whichever you prefer), his longstanding deeds were motivated by a love of faith, love for people, and a desire to be in love To help be together His cruel death, tempered by the mists of time when everything collapses, Valentine is a representative of love itself
Since the Middle Ages, the custom of the 14th February exchanging love letters or other tokens of romantic devotion gained momentum, and these days it’s largely a shallow, over-commercialized event
So if you’re out in the country of Mammon and you are buying greasy greeting cards, silk-clad teddy bears, expensive chocolates, French champagne, big ticket trinkets, or overpriced flowers, take a moment to visit St. Valentine What a glass of champagne he wouldn’t do, let alone a date!
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