Here is the Real History of Valentine Day. Like many of our holidays, Valentine Week has a lot more than just gifts and cards. This year like before you will probably either send or receive a Valentine from someone special. There in the United States alone more than a billion are expected to be given away. There is a full life story behind this very ceremony that can touch your heart. The story is about the true meaning of love, sacrifice, and commitment.
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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 of getting into wars and abusing his own people. He was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers during the third century as he needed because he was getting himself into so many wars.
Claudius canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome because he believed that recruitment for the army was down only for Roman men did not want to leave their lovers or families behind. By the single act of a tyrant thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed. In this messed up situation, there is none seemed interested in standing up to the Emperor.
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 observation. 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 was legendary 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 ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves) 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, what are you planning to keep the love in your marriage? On This Valentine’s Day giving a gift and card, having a candlelight dinner, and sharing special words of love are all important but the true spirit of Valentine’s Day needs to last throughout the year. What do you think?
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