Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nischala's Blog-o-Q | Why is Valentine's Day Celebrated?

Its the week of Valentine's Day (14 Feb 2013 is 2 days from now). Everyone seems to talk of love, tweet about love, have "lovey dovey" look on their face, in their eyes! Well good for them..

But more than that, I was curious to know about the origin of Valentine's Day.. Why is it celebrated?

As I did some research and reading, here's what I found:
* Valentine's Day was named after St. Valentine. According to the Catholic Encyclopaedia, at least three St. Valentines are mentioned who are associated with 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as a Bishop of Interamna (now Terni in Italy) and the other lived and died in Africa. [Src : http://projectbritain.com/valentine.htm ]

* More Details Below:
(1) One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.[Src: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day ]
(2) According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today.[Src: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day]
(3) Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured [Src: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day ]

Recommended Readings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day
http://inventors.about.com/od/articlesandresources/a/Valentine_Day.htm
http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

1 comment:

  1. See this animated video for one of the history of Valentine's Day

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGx7q4O6w2w

    Feel free to share or embed it, it's CC license :)

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