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Valentine’s Day started how???

February 14, 2009

valentine-boy-and-girl-rainingFebruary 14–Valentine’s Day–one of the sweeter holidays we celebrate and probably the one we know the least about.  Every year we buy our honeys candy and flowers and cards to proclaim our undying devotion, but I bet not many of you can tell why and when Valentine’s Day began–until now!

There are several stories as to the origin of Valentine’s Day, but the most popular (and my personal favorite)  is the story of Bishop Valentine.  During the Roman Empire, the Lupercian Festival (honoring the God of Fertility) was celebrated.  It was the custom for young men to chose their mates during this festival.  Emperor Claudius, fearful that the young men of the Empire would refuse to go to war because of their obligations to their wives decided the best solution to that problem was simple: Do away with the rite of marriage.  Of course, couples still fell in love and wanted to marry so they took their plight up with the Catholic Bishop. Yep, you guessed it, his name was Bishop Valentine. He felt sorry for these young lovers and  because marriage was a rite of the church,  in defiance,  he began to secretly marry them.  Well, when Claudius discovered what the Bishop had been doing, he was enraged.  He had Bishop Valentine arrested and sentenced to death.  Wouldn’t you know it?  Valentine, while sitting in jail awaiting his fate, began corresponding with the jailer’s daughter  and naturally, they fell in love.  The day he was to beheaded, he wrote her one last letter, and signed it: “From Your Valentine.”

In 496 A.D. Christianity had taken over Rome, and the then Pope, Gelasius, outlawed the pagen Lupercian Festival.  He knew he would have to replace it with something because of the celebration’s popularity, so he decided to set aside a day in February to honor the matyred St. Valentine. (Yes, Bishop Valentine was now a saint)  It remained on the Catholic calendar of official holidays all the way until 1969.  It remains one of our most popular holidays and most profitable.  Just ask Hallmark, Russell Stover, FTD floral, or your favorite little restaurant owner!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    February 14, 2009 11:48 pm

    Oh, I love that story! Thanks for sharing.

  2. March 1, 2009 4:46 am

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  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 1, 2009 8:55 am

    Thanks Mike. I need to spend a little more time on this one. I needs me some no-fat chocolate!

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