Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day: Origins, Background & Traditions

Valentine’s The Week of love

As soon as February approaches the ‘Love is in the air’ statement becomes all the way more raging as the midweek of February is filled with nothing but love and romance.

Valentine’s Week is mostly celebrated between couples to showcase their fondness towards their partners in the form of gifts. Red roses are mostly exchanged and are also a kind of symbol to express your love. 

Origin

Now some of you must not be in favour of celebrating Valentine’s Day because getting a date these days is also a legitimate task. However all the romance-filled week that people celebrate now, it’s origin wasn’t really a cheesy love story that made us all celebrate it. 

It’s history takes you way back in time. In the Catholic region, Saint Valentine’s day was added to the liturgical calendar during 500AD and was considered a feast day. However, it was removed from the calendar in 1969. 

There are several claims to Saint Valentine and how people began to celebrate the day. 

In the days before his execution, Saint Valentine miraculously healed the daughter of his jailer, who later converted to Christianity with his family. When Claudius II ordered Valentine’s execution, he refused to convert to paganism and was executed. It is said that Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop who was also executed, is the real namesake of the holiday.

While some people think that there was another story of Saint Valentine that led to a love-filled holiday.

An emperor edict of the Roman Empire decreed that married soldiers would not make good warriors, so young men were forbidden to marry. St. Valentine performed weddings for these soldiers. Valentine wore a ring with Cupid on it — a symbol of love — to be more easily recognized by soldiers. To remind Christians of their love for God, he distributed paper hearts as a precursor to greeting cards.

The legend surrounding St. Valentine led to him being known as the patron saint of love.

Through Saint Valentine’s prayer, the couple asks Saint Valentine to connect them, so that two become one and they are reminded of their faith.

In 1381, medieval author Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem called “The Love Poem,” which historians consider to be the origin of the ‘modern’ celebration of Valentine’s Day, in which we value our romantic relationships with one another. Saint Valentine’s story laid the foundation for the creation of the holiday on February 14th as a holiday dedicated to romantic love.

The Modern World Celebration

Nowadays the celebration starts a week prior to 14th February, following some of the spiel days to celebrate love. 

7th Feb- Rose Day – A day to offer your loved one roses. There are different kinds of roses that people gift. Pink rose depicts love for friendship, Yellow rose depicts fondness, Red rose is usually offered to the person you love.

8th Feb- Propose Day- If you are looking to pour your heart out to your crush about your feelings, then what better day than this? Most commonly, on this day, you propose to the person you like

9th Feb- Chocolate Day- Is there any other sweeter way to tell someone how fond you are of them?

10th Feb- Teddy Day- Usually teddies are gifted on this day. 

11th Day- Promise Day- On this day promises are made to continue loving each other and stand by through thick and thin. 

12th Day- Hug Day- The most affectionate form of love is a hug.

13th Day- Kiss Day- It is a special day to kiss and make up with your partner.

14th Day- Valentine’s Day- The most awaited day of Valentine’s week is Valentine’s Day. Couples go out on dates and gift each other to showcase their affection and love for each other and spend some great time together.

No matter what day, love should always be celebrated. Even if you are not dating anyone, go out on dates with yourself, gift yourself something meaningful and celebrate the love with yourself. Because Love Is Love. 

Well, how are you planning to celebrate this year?

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