Valentine's day celebration of love
With the advent of Valentine's Day or in other words the Feast of Love, we are going to tell you much more about the origin of this tradition.
Denied by many people but celebrated by twice more people this day became not only a feast for the Americans but for many other people around the world.
Candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
But who is this mysterious saint and has he the right to displace Trifon from our calendar?
Similar to the stories about all saints and this for Saint Valentine is covered with mystery. Thanks to him, February has been celebrated as a month of love and the romantic relationships for many years... The feast as we know it today, contains many signs of Christian and Roman traditions.
But who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
Do You Know...?Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
The most popular legend tells that St. Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. He was healer and in his village all people know them as a healer. He combined fragrant herbs with honey and wine, he cured many diseases,washed out and bandage the wounds of soldiers. Once came by him town prison guard with his daughter, taken by his hand and he insisted Valentine to cure her. The girl was blind and the priest-healer knew very well that his knowledge are not enough for this but his heart was influenced by the beauty of the girl and he promised that he would do his best to give her eyesight .
Another version had St. Valentine jailed for helping Christians. He comforted, encouraged, and even rescued victims of religious persecution. Some say Valentine further antagonized the Emperor by continuing to preach the gospel. While Valentine was in prison he cured a jailer's daughter of blindness. Claudius became enraged and had Valentine clubbed and beheaded on February 14, 269 A.D.
The most romantic story claims that Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, he fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter. Valentine poured out his heart on paper, writing the most beautiful love letters to her. When the date was set for his execution, he penned one last epistle to his sweetheart, which he signed: "From Your Valentine" an expression that is still in use today.
Of course, the legends of Valentine as the other myths are filled with mystique, mystery and a great deal of impossible events. But in the stories about him, it is told about his compassion, kindness, desire for justice and love. Inevitably, his image is formed as a brave and romantic figure and may be due to this reputation, Valentine became and one of the most popular saints in England and France ,later in America.
Many people think that Valentine's Day is remains of pagan feasts, but it is celebrated and it is named for those kind with the exact opposite aim – to establish Christianity.
In 496, Pope Gelasius banned the celebrations in the name of God Pann, he changed them with the celebration of Saint Valentine. Exactly on this purpose ''Christianization'' many feast in the Orthodox and Catholic calendar substitude the honour to various pagan Gods and events with remembrances of proclaimed by the church many real figures.The same is the case with Nativity which we celebrate in 25.12. According to different interpretations, it cannot be defined the exact date, when the Jesus was born, but he probably was born in the spring or the autumn and in no case in the winter. But 25 of December has also coincided with the pagan feast in honour of the Sun and with purpose smoothly to impose the new religion, the Christian leaders only replace one event with another .
Although the letters- Valentines had stemed from the Valentine, they were imposed and spreaded after 1400. The oldest known Valentine still exists today as a poem written by Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Years later, Henry V ordered a writer named John Lidgett to compose a valentine for Katrin Valoa.
Valentine's Day is honored very much in the United States, Kanata, Mexico, UK, France and Australia as the tradition is citizens of all social groups to exchange symbolic gifts or handwritten notes with gentle messages. To present date there are already written works, but the handwritten and painted cards come back.
According to the imposed views on the saint Valentine's Day men give as a present flower to their ladies the condition is the flowers to be red. Here comes one more tradition, according which while Aphrodite was hurry, she stepped on a rose bush and her blood coloured the blooms into red. Thats why the red rosed and the red colour became a personification of love and passion. If you lady prefers another colour nuance of flowers, choose the red packing at least. So, this is a feast of love and sweetness, it is perceived that the flowers are accompanied with a small chocolate bonbonniere and as a symbolic gift, which contains stylized image of heart, for example jewellery or a toy and of course Valentine.
If you are not romantic person and find this kind of feast for ''stupid'' .. forget about Saint Valentine... He will not be mad at you.
But won't your better half be happy if you suprise her with a bouquet of scarlet roses? Combine it with a bottle of wine and consider that the traditions are observed. Yes, the wine is not love, but shows the way to the love.
The love and the wine are important... but whether or not you are going to celebrate Saint Valentine is not a question of quarrels but a question of personal choice!