Why Valentine’s Day is Celebrated
Valentine’s Day; an homage to love and happiness. A day to give respect rest to the of the world. It is a holiday that celebrates intimacy through warm cuddles, chocolate and roses. The day to honour your long lasting marriage or to asked your loved one to start a new one. But, the most common mistake about Valentine’s Day is the history about it and how it all started. In this article, I will elaborate why Valentine’s Day is celebrated.
The cause of Valentine’s Day began as a ceremonial celebration of one early Christian saints named Valentinus. A large number of stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to the day of February 14. A popular belief states that he was imprisoned for doing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry their loved ones and for ministering to Christians, who the Roman Empire persecuted.
At that time, Claudius was the emperor of Rome, and his primary task was to gather an army to oppose the attackers. The reason why he imprisoned Valentinus is that, even after Claudius passed his law, he was secretly marrying the soon-to-be soldiers in his army. Saint Valentine, as said in the legend, always wore a purple amethyst ring, which is known to be brought by the Christian bishops. Additionally, the ring had an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognisable symbol associated with love. Roman soldiers would recognise the ring and ask him to marry them with their loved ones. One can say that due to the association with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone of February, which is believed to attract love.
However, other legend states that during his imprisonment he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Later, a segment was added to this story that states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. It is no surprise that many young people came to the jail to visit Valentine. They kept his spirits up by throwing flowers and notes up to his window. History says the men and women wanted Valentine to know that they, too, believed in love.
Middle age history
The day was first associated with love and romance in the High Middle Ages when the taboo of courtly love was flourishing. In the 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by offering confectionery, sending greeting cards and presenting flowers. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to partners “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s, heart”. Also, in some countries, it is granted to children to ward off epilepsy. Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Greek god of love and romance, Cupid.
The oldest known reference of Valentine is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415, for his wife. He wrote it when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London after facing defeat at the battle of Agincourt. The manuscript is preserved in the British Library of London.
I hope now you know why Valentine’s Day is celebrated.