Origin of Valentine’s Day: How it all began

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many of us are probably excited this special day, after all, it’s Valentine’s day. It is the day where you can show your love and affection to your special someone out in the open. It is the day that men gives bouquet of roses and delicious chocolates to their lady love. But do we ever know anything on why there is Valentine’s day? Do we have the slightest idea about the origin of Valentine’s day or perhaps a fragment of its history? Below is a brief write-up to give you more information about how the celebration of Valentine’s Day began.

In the history of Christianity, there are numerous Christian martyrs who are named Valentine. Valentine’s day every February 14th is a day to honor and commemorate three Christian Martyrs or Saints who were persecuted during their era. They were Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae); Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae) and a third saint named Valentine who was martyred in Africa with little known facts about him. These 3 saints have greatly contributed and done great deeds for Christianity which led to their persecution and execution by those who are non-believers.

Originally, Valentine’s Day did not have any link to romantic love. It was only until Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature created the poem “Parlement of Foules” in the 14th century which is all about “Valentines”. Below are some of the lines in the poem.

For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.

St. Valentine

It just so happened that every February 14th, when St. Valentine’s Day is being celebrated is also the season when birds are seeking for their mate. Truly there is still much to learn about the origin and history of Valentine’s day and how it all began and now you know a little about it. With that being said, you now have a deeper understanding on why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Enjoy the rest of the day with your loved ones.

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