How did valentines day start ?
ORIGIN A bishop by the name of Valentine stood up against an Emperor’s (Claudius II) decision that Roman soldiers could not marry with the idea the younger ‘unattached’ men made better soldiers. Valentine decided to meet with young couples at a secret location join them in matrimony.
This was short-lived as he was then discovered by Claudius II, and sent to jail. It is believed that while Valentine was in jail he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter who was believed to have been blind and healed by Valentine.
On the day of his execution he wrote a letter to his beloved and signed it “From Your Valentine.” This phrase is still in use today. Pope Gelasius declared Valentine a Saint on the day of his execution. February 14th then became known as ‘Valentine’s Day’. WHAT VALENTINES DAY MEANS TODAY Valentine’s Day originally marked the remembrance of the man.
Years after his death, young men offered notes of affection to young ladies they admired.
Today Valentine’s Day means different things to different people at different ages. But for most, Valentine’s Day is a happy occasion. For some, Valentine’s Day is bittersweet. And for those who’ve lost loved ones, Valentine’s Day can be a sad day. But above all, Valentine’s Day is a reminder that a basic human need is to Love, and be loved. In today’s busy times, February 14th/Valentine’s Day is a day to remind us of just this. To pause, take a moment, to give love either in form of a Gift, a Card or a kind gesture, to those you Love.
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