The legend behind Valentine’s Day.

valentines_day1All across the Globe we are getting ready to celebrate the day of love and romance and I thought it’s a good time to learn more about the legend behind Valentine’s Day and it’s symbols.

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated on February 14 each year in many countries around the world.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular story of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

February 14 was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.*

Celebrate Love, be loved and give love!

 

Roses are Red
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Carnations are Sweet
And so are you.

And so are they
That send you this
And when we meet
We’ll have a kiss.

Author Unknown

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P.S. I love handwritten cards, a lovely bouquet of flowers and a deluxe chocolate!

How about you? Share your Valentine’s Day favourite.

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