Saint Valentine's Day, or Valentine's Day, is celebrated on February 14 and traditionally honours one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by giving flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
The early Medieval story of Saint Valentine was explained in Legenda Aurea. According to that version (and Wikipedia), St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer. So there you go!
However, Legenda Aurea provides no connections whatsoever to sentimental love - for that we have to look to a more modern portrayal where Valentine was a priest who refused to abide by a law created by Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. Either way it seems if you were called Valentine you are likely to end up in jail or dead!
In 1797, a British publisher issued The Young Man's Valentine Writer, which contained scores of suggested sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own. Printers had already begun producing a limited number of cards with verses and sketches, called "mechanical valentines," and a reduction in postal rates in the next century ushered in the less personal but easier practice of mailing Valentines. That, in turn, made it possible for the first time to exchange cards anonymously. At that time Richard Cadbury (son of the guy who started Cadbury's chocolate) also invented the first Valentine's Day candy box.
She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.
The modern cliché Valentine's Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784):
The rose is red, the violet's blue,
The honey's sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou'd be you
And finally, here are a few Valentine's Day Superstitions to get you ready for love, if you haven't yet found that special someone....
- If an apple is cut in half, the number of seeds found inside the fruit will indicate the number of children that individual will have.
- To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine's Day is considered lucky. Pucker up!
- On Valentine's Day, the first guy's name you read in the paper or hear on the TV or radio will be the name of the man you will marry. Unless you don’t date men, of course! Does it work with women too?
- If you see a squirrel on Valentine's Day, you will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money.
- If you see a goldfinch on Valentine's Day, you will marry a millionaire.(Good luck with that!)
- If you see a robin on Valentine's Day, you will marry a crime fighter - maybe they mean Batman! Hahahahaha
- If you see a flock of doves on Valentine's Day, you will have a happy, peaceful marriage.
- If you find a glove on the road on Valentine's Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove. (Or someone might be kind of annoyed you wandered off with their glove!)
P.S. if you aren't great at remembering to text your other half numerous times a day- there is an app called the 'Girlfriend Keeper' that's here to help! You input basic data (eye colour, date you started dating, etc) and it will automatically generate and send texts to your girlfriend. Including 'I can't believe we have been dating for 1 year 53 days!' or 'You have the prettiest green eyes I could ever imagine!' Awesome, right!
|I hope someone is keeping your heart warm xoxo|
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