Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! 
Now everyone usually puts the symbol of flowers and chocolate together with Valentine's Day but does anyone actually know how this holiday got started?

For starters, did you know what the holiday is actually called Saint Valentine's Day?
It is believed that the Christian Church had two Saints named Valentine and two other ideas centered around them!

One belief is that the Roman Emperor, Claudius the II forbade young men to marry in 200 A.D. He believed single men made for better soldiers because they would be free of family concerns. So a priest by the name of Valentine disobeyed the Emperor and married couples in secret.

Another belief is that the next Saint Valentine was a lover of children but did honor other Gods. He was then imprisoned. The children missed him so much that they wrote messages of affection to him and they  would throw their notes to him through the bars of his cell. This is believed to be the start of how we exchange Valentines! 
Sadly on February 14th, 269 A.D. he was executed. On February 14th, 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius named the day Valentine's Day after him.

The next idea behind Valentine's Day is based off of the belief that birds pick their mates on February 14th. It was believed loved birds in particular, chose this day to begin mating! 

It is believed the modern day celebration of Valentine's Day that we know began in France and England. On Valentine's Day Eve, young people would gather and pick names becoming a valentine to whose ever name they chose.

So there you have it folks! Just a little bit of history for you on this Valentine's Day! 
Happy Valentine's Day and Look out for Cupid's Arrow! 

FUN FACT: Cupid was the Roman God of Love and that's why we usually see his face associated with this holiday! Along with him, we use hearts, flowers, roses, chocolate and arrows to symbolize this holiday! 

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