Each year on February 14th, many of us celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards, flowers, dinners or some sort of little gift with someone the love.
Valentine’s Day is named for the martyred Christian saint named Valentine. He was a bishop of Terni (Italy) that married forbidden couples.(parents did not agree with the connection or because the bridegroom was a soldier or a slave)
Valentine gave the married couple flowers from his garden. That’s why flowers play a very important role on Valentine’s Day. The emperor was not happy and on February 14, 269 AD, Valentine was beheaded because of his Christian faith.
The legend combines the day of the death of Valentine with the Roman festival Lupercalia. It was the festival of the great goddess Lupa. (feminine word for wolf) She was the Great She-Wolf who nursed the twin babies, Romulus and Remus, who later became the founders of Rome. During the annual ceremony, the temple priestesses (lupae) wrote their names on strips of papyrus. These were picked by young men. After the lottery, the youngsters walked through the city and got the blessings of the citizens. The martyr Valentine became the patron saint of the lovers.
During the 19th century, sending Valentine’s Cards became very popular, with pictures of flowers, hearts and a simple message to show their true feelings to the person they love.
On Valentines day we don’t really do much, we show each other all year long.
Do you celebrate Valentines Day? What do you do?