There is a date for lovers in the world calendar, on this day, February 14, they show and validate their love in a variety of possible ways.
A poem, presents, all works to offer something to the beloved ones.
There are many theories about the day and origin of this special date. In Nordic countries this was the time of the year when birds paired up, and this time was considered a symbol of love and creation.
is also said that a pagan, Christianized party was held in Old Rome to worship Eros, the God of love, who was also called Cupid by Romans.
In the same way, the British held the Valentinus party. Men and women were chosen to get together as couples. As time went by, a few of these couples got married and found happiness in the union they were hoping to find on St. Valentine’s Day.
It is said that Saint Valentine’s history finds its origins in the III century, in Rome, when Christians were persecuted. In the same way, soldiers were not allowed to get married, under the belief that they would be better in the battle field if single, as they did not have the obligation of a family.
It is at this stage that Saint Valentine appears fully, he was a Christian priest that seeing this unfairness towards the soldiers, lent himself to perform secret marriage ceremonies for all couples under the Christian ritual.
The Emperor wants to meet Valentine, as he is well recognized and loved by people. In this visit, the priest uses the opportunity to talk about religion and Christianity, trying to convert Claudius II to follow Jesus Christ. Claudius was originally satisfied with Valentine’s proposal and the religion Romans professed, but it was the soldiers and the Roman Governor himself who made him change his mind and the order was given to execute the priest.
Valentine was executed by Asterius on February 14 and up until that day, in jail, he taught Julia. She was the jailer’s daugher and Valentine fell in love with her.
On the day of his execution he sent Julia a good-bye note, signing it under: Your Valentine. This is considered the origin of the love, poem like letters that are sent for lovers.
Two centuries after, the Catholic Church canonized the priest as the Saint of lovers, giving birth to Saint Valentine. He also ended with the pagan worship of those days as youngsters adored Lupercus, God of fertility who was honored on February 15, by drawing lots to choose a girl by her name and then keeping her as a game partner over a period of a year.
The Catholic Church ended this form of paganism by canonizing St. Valentine as the saint of the lovers. His relies are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Termi, Italy, where every February 14 couples celebrate their engagement ceremony as a way to show their intent to get married the following year.
Commerce has also been benefited as in this day, sales increase for all that can be bought as a way to demonstrate love to our beloved ones; chocolates, flowers, poetry, post cards and presents of all types to be offered on Saint Valentine’s Day, Saint of the lovers.