Did you know how and when the Valentines Day started? Surely, you do not expect Valentines Day to just come out of nowhere and some people decided that February 14th should be about lovers and romances. In this article, we will tell the history behind Valentines Day and how it all started to become a worldwide celebration of love and falling in love.
While love has been one of the basic nature of men, it was not celebrated as something significant for before time. It was until St. Valentines was proclaimed the saint of love that the Valentines Day started.
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HISTORY OF VALENTINES DAY
In the ancient third century, the Roman Empire was under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. Claudius the Cruel was his nickname because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for waging wars against other nations and abusing his own people. He was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers during the third century. He needed them because he was getting himself into so many conflicts locally and even the nearest countries.
In order to make sure that Claudius gets all the able men, he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. He believed that Romans are not supporting his claims because they are all busy making families. All they want is to stay home with their wife and children. That is why only a few numbers are ever interested in signing up to become soldiers.
With the tyrant Claudius decision, thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony gone. Eventually, the majority of people rose against him and decided to not support him anymore with his whims for wars.
But in the name of love a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up against this single act of a tyrant. Valentine started to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s cruel orders.
But soon in 269 AD Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies under Valentine’s order. Then Claudius had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.
There happened to be a jailer’s blind daughter with whom Valentine fell in love with while waiting for his execution. With no writing instruments available near, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets on the eve of his execution. Legend has it that Valentine’s words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance as the next day Valentine was put to death by Roman executioners.
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Thus how St. Valentine sacrificed his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony. St. Valentine may die but not his spirit which remained everlasting. Centuries after Valentine’s death, the story of his self-sacrificing commitment to love spread in Rome and other parts of the globe. Later he was granted Sainthood and the Catholic Church created a feast in his honor. They decided February 14 as the day of celebration because it was said that birds began to mate on that day.
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Still today people get surprised to know that Valentine’s Day is really founded on the concept of love in marriage. So, how do you plan to keep the love of your life? Ask her hand for marriage, of course.
On this Valentines Day give love, share love, make love, and be loved. The Valentines Day should not just be a one day per year celebration. It should be a reminder that love should happen every minute of every day. Always present in our hearts.
Now you know how it all started. Life has a funny way of reminding us that love is everywhere. You just need to open your eyes and heart to experience it. No fun in excises. Just do it. Love someone. Share your love. Make love. And find love to those people who really care. Happy Valentines Day lovers!