}); relaxed and healthy: Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day

Every February 14th, across the United States and many countries in the world, candy, flowers, love notes, and gifts are exchanges between loved ones all in the name of St. Valentine. But where did this tradition come from?

The Legend

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. However one legend contends that Valentine was a priest who serves during the third century in Rome. He is said to have defied Emperor Claudius II who decreed that single men made better solider, and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. According to another legend; imprisoned Valentine sent the first “valentine” after he fell in love with his jailer's daughter. It is alleged that he wrote her a letter and signed it “From your Valentine”.

Origins of the Day

Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February was an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, which was celebrated at the ides of February. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman God of agriculture. It became the day of romance when Lupercalia was outlawed and deemed “un-Christian” at the end of the fifth century and Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. During the Middle Ages in France and England February 14 was believed to be the beginning of mating season for birds, which added to the idea that Valentine’s Day should be a day of romance.

My Feeling on Valentine’s Day

While I like Valentine’s Day and the romance it offers.  I don’t just want romantic gestures to be like Christmas that only comes one per year.  I like flowers, chocolate, perfume, jewelry etc. all year round.  I believe it while it is sweet that a day is dedicated to love, it leaves a lot of people feeling lonely and sad. Valentine’s Day has become a day for retailers and represents the opportunity for more sales.

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find someone who loves your for exactly what you are; good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what you have.

Valentine’s Day reminds us to reaffirm our love, or perhaps to give a voice to our love.


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