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Valentine’s Day History and Why it is Called Valentine’s Day

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Valentine Day Celebrated on 14th February of Every Year

Valentine's Day also called: Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine

What is Valentine’s Day?

It’s that time of the year when, as they say, one can feel the love that would be there in the air. Every year on February 14th, all around the world chocolates, flowers and gifts get exchanged between loved ones, in the name of St.Valentine. But you may be wondering who is this mysterious saint, St.Valentine, and where did this tradition of celebrating love on the occasion of Valentine’s Day and the traditions attached to it. Read further to know more about the origin of Valentine’s Day.

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Who is St.Valentine:

The history of Valentine’s Day and the story of St.Valentine go hand in hand and it’s been a mysterious one. The month of February has long been celebrated as the month of love and romance and Valentine’s Day contains traces of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who really was St.Valentine and what was his contribution so as a day gets celebrated every year in his memory. 

The Catholic church have recognized at least three different saints who named Valentine. One of the legends opines that St.Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. The emperor at that time, Claudius II, was of the opinion that single men were performing better as soldiers than compared to the other soldiers with wives and families. Hence, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine understood the injustice and criticality of the  situation. Valentine went against the law of Claudius and began performing marriages for young lovers in utter secrecy. Soon emperor Claudius got to know about the actions of Valentine and he sentenced him to death.

Other stories depict Valentine might have been killed while trying to help Christians in escaping the harsh Roman prisons, where the Christians were tortured and often treated like animals. One of the popular stories goes like this, Valentine, who was also in the prison at that time, actually sent the first ever “Valentine” gift himself after falling in love with a beautiful young woman, possibly the daughter of the jailor as she used to come to the prison to meet Valentine. Before Valentine died, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter and signed it off with a note “From Your Valentine” and this expression is still very popular even in this modern world wherein couples call each other their Valentine on the occasion of Valentine’s day. Although the truth behind the story of Valentine is ambiguous as per the stories that are going around for years, Valentine has been enjoying a reputation of a heroic, sympathetic and most importantly a once-in-a-lifetime kind of romantic-guy and it must have made him as one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Origin of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in mid-February

Many believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to memorialize the death anniversary of Valentine which probably happened around A.D. 270. There are others who claim that the Christian church might have decided to keep St.Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an attempt to ‘Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, which is a fertility festival which remains dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the founders of Roman, Romulus, and Remus.

To start the festival, members of the Luperci, a group of Roman priests gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog for purification. The priests would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into a pool of sacrificial blood and take it to the streets and gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. One may wonder whether the women were fearful due to this ritual but it is far from the truth. The Roman women welcome the touch of the goat hide because they believed it would make them fertile soon. Later on the day, all the young women in the city would put their names on a big urn. The city’s eligible bachelors then choose a name and become paired for a year with the chosen women and more often then not, such pairings have often ended up in marriage.

Just like the stories above, there are many more stories which take us to the origin of Valentine’s day. Whatever may be the origin of the festival, we should all be very ecstatic that at least there is a day in the year which is reserved for the emotion called love because love is something that makes us humans feel alive. Life wouldn’t have been what it is without the existence of love. And thanks to Valentine’s day, we get to experience those butterflies in our stomachs again.

Valentine Week:

Day-1. Rose Day (7th February)

Love is a beautiful emotion. It is a mixture of feelings and actions that shows a deep liking for someone or something.

To express our love to someone, no particular occasion is required. We can convey it any time. But every year, a week is dedicated to all the love birds to express their love to the one's they love.

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So new couples or lovers express their love to their loved ones during valentine's week. Valentine's week starts with Rose day. Rose day is celebrated on February 7th every year.  More

Day-2. Propose Day (8th February)

The best thing in this world is being loved by someone you love. But how will a person know that he/she is loved by someone? Yes if either of them conveys their love to the other person.

To convey your love, you need to propose that person. Proposing someone means conveying that person how much you love them and make an offer to marry that person.

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So a special day is dedicated for proposing our love to our crush during Valentine's week. This day is called Propose day and it is the 2nd day of Valentine's week. Propose day is celebrated on February 8th every year after the Rose day. This day is considered as the best day for proposing our love.   More

Day-3. Chocolate Day (9th February)

Do you love chocolates? Yes of course. Most of the people love eating chocolates. Who says no to chocolates? We even love getting chocolates from our loved ones.  It is believed that eating chocolates stimulates the same reaction in the body as falling in love. So conveying our love gifting chocolate works better.

So during Valentine's week, a special day is dedicated for gifting chocolates to our loved ones. This day is called as Chocolate day. Chocolate day is the third day of Valentine's week followed by Teddy day. It is celebrated on 9th February every year.  More

Day-4. Teddy Day (10th February)

Generally, girls have a lot of sweet memories attached to soft toys. Most of the girls like teddy bears and considered teddy bear as one of their best friends. Teddy Bears are the symbol of innocence. They remind us of being cared and loved. That is why teddy bear is considered as one of the best gifts to express our love.

teddy-day

So a special day called the Teddy day is celebrated during Valentine's week to give teddy related gifts like teddy keychains, teddy shaped cakes, teddy bears, etc., to our loved ones. Teddy day is celebrated on February 10th every year. It is the fourth day of Valentine's week.  More

Day-5. Promise Day (11th February)

A promise is a declaration or assurance given to someone that we will definitely do something. So to give a commitment to stay together with your partner through thick and thin, a day is dedicated in valentine's week. This day is called Promise day.

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It is celebrated on 11th February every year. Promise day is the fifth day of Valentine's week.  More

Day-6. Hug Day (12th February)

 A hug is an expression of love and care. It makes a person feel safe and comfortable. So to show our love towards our partner, a special day called Hug day is celebrated during Valentine's week.

hug-day

It is the sixth day of Valentine's week. Hug day is celebrated on 12th February every year. It is one of the important days of Valentine's week.  More

Day-7. Kiss Day (13th February)

LOVE - It is not just a word, it is a feeling. With a kiss, we can express this feeling in a better way than any words could. When our dear ones kiss us we can feel their love. 

kiss-day

So a special day in Valentine's week is dedicated to convey our love to our loved ones with a kiss. This day is called as Kiss day.  More


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