Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day!

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint valentine is celebrated on February 14th. What most people don't know is that Valentine's day is celebrated in many countries.
St. valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration for one or more early christian saints named Valentinus. It is said that Valentinus was imprisoned for preforming wedding for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. As the legend goes, before his execution he wrote "from your valentine" as a farewell to her.
Saint Valentine's Day is offical feast day in the Anglican communion as well as in the Lutheran Church. Valentine's Day is also celebrated by the Eastern Orthadox church but it is celebrated on July 6th for the Roman Saint Valentine and then on July 30th for the honor of hieromartyr Valentine, the bishop of Interamna.
The day is mostly associated with love and became popular in the High Middle Ages when courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other with offerings. With the dawn of the 19th century hand written Valentines were made which gave way for mass-produced greeting cards.
There is no evidence of any link between Saint Valentine's Day and the rites of the ancient Roman festival, Despite many claims by authors. The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer's poetry about "Valentines" in the 14th century. There are modern sources that claim links to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St. valentine's Day. Before Chaucer in the 14th century, there were no links between the Saints named Valentinus and romantic love.


1. Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.
2. In the ancient Athenian calendar the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera.
3.In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13-15, was an archaid rite connected to fertility.
4.The festival of Juno Februa, meaning "Juno the purifier: or "the chaste Juno", was celebrated on February 13-14.
5. The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement  of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Chaucer wrote:
         For this was seynt Volantynys day
         Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

 History Channels Valentine's Day history


PS: searching for important links for you guys I came across a video made by a guy that claimed that Valentine's day was a Satanic just stuns me at how people so closed minded can walk on the Earth these days when there are so many ways to do research. Instead they say things they don't understand are sins.

1 comment:

  1. Wow who knew? And the guy who said Valentines is Satanic..that is a good one. Thanks for putting together this informative post, Callie! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.