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Valentine's Day

by lathika chamath 4 months ago in Historical
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History and Meaning of Valentine's Day

What Is the Meaning of Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is an annual celebration of love that takes place on February 14th.

History and Meaning of Valentine's Day

The celebration is thought to have originated in the third century, between the years 200 and 300 AD, when the Roman Empire governed the world. During this period, two saints called Valentine committed heroic actions that earned them the status of martyrs in the Christian faith. The Romans executed them both, the first for executing unlawful weddings of young couples and the second for teaching Christianity before it was allowed. One or both of them are most likely responsible for the moniker Valentine's Day.

The date February 14th stems from a Roman celebration commemorating Juno, the goddess of marriage, which was observed every year on that date. A feast to commemorate health and fertility was included in the celebration, both because spring was approaching and the Romans wanted their plants to thrive, as well as human fertility. According to legend, for the feast, young men drew the name of a young woman whom they would take to the celebration and who knows what else

February 14th, today known as Valentine's Day, was honored after the Romans lost authority and Christianity took over. People believed that this was the date when birds picked their partners in the Middle Ages. "It seemed a little far-fetched, but that added to the mystery. They thought that if you met or dreamed about someone on this day, they may be your true love in England.

Other Valentine's Day traditions have evolved throughout time. The practice of sending love letters to one's sweetheart originated in the 1600s in England and other parts of Western Europe, and a novel means of sending a funny Valentine's greeting was devised late in the nineteenth century. Some of these letters were even blocked from being sent because they were vulgar and off-color.

The event became commercialized in the late 1800s, with firms printing and selling pre-written Valentine's letters. People started presenting candies and flowers to their loved ones around that time, or taking their companion on a romantic excursion. "It's been this way for the majority of the twentieth century, and it hasn't altered much since then."

Valentine's Day's Importance

Valentine's Day has long been one of the most commonly observed holidays in the United States. In the second half of the nineteenth century, particularly following the Civil War, the celebration was a huge event in the United States, second only to Christmas in popularity.

The holiday has also managed to retain its meaning and significance over time, which is a remarkable achievement for such an old occasion. " Some of our holidays are referred to be degenerate holidays by historians, implying that they formerly had a more noble foundation. For instance, we have All Hallows' Eve, which has been renamed Halloween. It's a good illustration. "But Valentine's Day still emphasizes romantic love, as it has always done," says the author, "instead of commemorating the holy lives of saints, it's a 'ghoulish, let's have fun with death and witches and black cat' thing."

Valentine's Day is celebrated with varied degrees of emphasis in the United States. Some couples look forward to it all year and regard it as the ideal time to proclaim and demonstrate their love. Others see it as a forced commercial holiday and want to ignore it entirely, preferring instead to express their love on their own timetable.

Valentine's Day: Ideas for Observances

Giving loved ones (significant others, family, and friends) a variety of presents, such as cards, chocolates, and flowers, is a frequent way individuals commemorate Valentine's Day. "I'm sure it's a terrific day if you're in the greeting card, cut flower, or candy industry,

Many couples choose to spend the occasion together, either by having a romantic lunch or supper or by travelling out of town for the evening so they can focus only on one other. Single friends, particularly women, also gather together to celebrate the occasion, emphasizing on friendship, community, and other types of love.

"Traditionally, the male would initiate the purchase of candies, flowers, or cards, as well as the planning of a romantic supper. It is no longer necessary for it to start with the male. Gender equality has improved." In other words, everyone who want to express their love on February 14th is allowed to do so.


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