Why Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day!
How many hearts… How many boxes of heart-shaped chocolates… How many bloody balloons, pillows, stuffed animals… How many rosary aloes… How many red-hot underwear… How many teddy bear-kittens -ribbons-garlands-flowers…
Where do all these come from?
How did February 14 come? The date is dedicated – supposedly – to love through St. Valentine’s, the patron saint of the lovers.
But who was Valentine? How did he become a saint? And why did he choose the lovers?
Valentine or Valentine? – “Armchair for two”
Two are the predominant Valentine candidates for the role of the saint. Both distressed.
The first is a young Roman Christian with that name who, on February 14, 270 AD, was beheaded for faith. Before he was executed, Valentine left an innocent note to the little daughter of his bachelor with whom they had become friends, signing: “from your Valentino.” For centuries, this phrase only symbolized their friendship. Around 1400, it took a romantic hue to come to what it is today. [No more friends, only sex.]
The other Valentine is a priest with weakness in marriages [of others]. History says that “the Roman Emperor Claudius II decided that unmarried men were better soldiers. So, forbidding by law youngsters to marry. The [priest named Valentine], however, ignoring the Emperor’s order, continued to marry young couples in secret… “A couple, three… at some point, the secret marriages came to light and Valentine was briefly executed on February 14, around 269 AD. [What a pity]
Engaging and romantic story. But it is not, of course, the only reason that in 496 AD, Saint Pope Gelasius I established the 14th of February as Valentine’s Day.
Valentine à la carte – “Sheppard’s Love”
The Valentine’s Day, as a celebration of love, soon spread from Italy to Western Europe and in the Middle Ages, began to be celebrated in France and England. At the beginning of the 17th century, it should have been well known in Great Britain, since Shakespeare refers to Hamlet [“Good Morning! It’s a dull. I celebrate St. Valentine and I came here for a daughter… “].
The feelings of love were expressed in handwritten cards [the aspiring lovers were tempted]. In the early 1700s, romantic cards arrived in America. In 1840 Ester A Howland began selling the first valentines cards, and from there, we came to today’s blockbuster cards that you open and play “Für Elise”. It is said, however, that the first card for the holiday of lovers sent her to his beloved one through the prison, where he was held, the duke of Orleans, Charles, in 1415.
[He is right with him. But today – if you are not a prisoner – why would you send one of the unbearable vile cards of Valentine’s Day? Why just celebrate your love one day a year? And why should you perpetuate the Lurkerala customs? ]
Not everyone celebrates!
There are, of course, some who hear about Valentine and fly pustules. Like Japan’s Katsuhiro Furusawa, who has set the goal of his life to ban this celebration in Japan. In 2006, Katsuhiro (“I just broke up”) founded his Kakuhido organization and began the statements: “Valentine’s Day is a form of capitalism based on passion” [it is not unfair to say so…] “The bloodthirsty conspiracy of Valentine’s Day is motivated by the capitalists of the chocolate industry” [here begins somewhat to make it thicker…].
The saint of love is buried – they say – in Terni, Italy. In front of his grave each year, loved couples give vows of love [a nice place for a romantic appointment].
Love – sadly – is always alive. No dates are needed… Nor the patronage of any Saint. True Love Believes Everything – Hopes Everything – Never Lost. He can write directly on the heart [as he says the most beautiful poem written about love]: “Put a seal on your heart… because love is strong as death”.
Happy Valentine’s Day my dear lovers!
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