Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Mysteries Surrounding Valentine's Day

The Mysteries Surrounding Valentine's Day

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14th February is  THE Holiday of Love  every year; across the globe, candies, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones - all in the name of St. Valentine; but WHO is this mysterious Saint, and WHY do we celebrate this Holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron Saint -- is indeed shrouded in mystery. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different Saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred - none of whom were associated with roses OR chocolate.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of THE Holiday was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. During that time, around 270 A.D., Emperor Claudius ll prohibited marriages for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to defy the Emperor by secretly performing  marriage ceremonies, but he was eventually apprehended by the Romans and was ordered to be put to death by Claudius. Nevertheless, his courageous blessing of the bonds of love may well have earned him a notable place in History.

Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer who visited him during confinement.  Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine"  - an expression that is still used today. We could say this marked the very first Valentine's Day.

Possibly the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine and his day is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion. Consequently, his love for his God may have been noted in history.

Our final possibility for the origins our Holiday: it may be that we celebrate Valentines Day on the 14th  because, on  this very day, St. Valentine died. However, some believe that the celebration of Valentines Day was an attempt by the Church to civilize the celebration of the pagan Lupercalia festival - held on the 15th of February. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. The Lupercalia festival was deemed un-Christian and outlawed.

Valentine's Greetings

The oldest known Valentine Gift istill in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. The greeting, written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.  According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine Cards are exchanged each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) The first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap".

But Who is this Cupid?

Another Valentine Icon you may be wondering about is Cupid (from Latin cupido, "desire"). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love. The Romans believed white roses grew where the tears of Venus fell, as she mourned the loss of her beloved Adonis. Her son Cupid, while being stung by a bee, shot arrows in the rose garden; the sting of the arrows became thorns. Venus pricked her foot on a thorn, and the droplets of blood dyed the roses red.

Sending Roses on Valentine's Day

Why should you send Roses to your loved one on Valentine's Holiday? The Rose is the symbol of Love, of Magic, of Hope, and of Passion -.perfect to let your loved one know how you feel about him/her!  The Rose represents ultimate beauty and perfection. It is the messenger of Romance!

A dozen red Roses remains the classic Valentine's Day favourite [Okay, it's a toss up between roses and chocolate - but we all know why chocolate is also a good choice]. However, many women report that they adore Roses in other colours just as much. There are many  colours to choose from, making it possible to select one that is as unique as your sweetheart.

Whatever your Valentine's gift to give or receive, having FUN on this Holiday of Love  is what matters most!  May this little bit of history add to your enjoyment!

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