Each year, on 14th of February, people around the World exchange gifts like flowers, cards, candy, and roses with their love ones. February, however, has long been a month of romance since ancient times. This month is associated with Valentine’s Day celebration. The day of romance and lover that we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and the history dates back to the 5th century. Though the history of Valentine’s Day is not clearly defined and is regarded as obscure. There are various fanciful legends which are narrated; the roots of the holiday go back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercaliathat was commemorated on February 15th annually. This pagan festival caused the Valentine’s Day.
History Of Valentine’s Day
According to the Christian encyclopedia, there were three Christian saints by the name of Valentine. One of them was a priest, the second was a bishop and the third was St. Valentine and all three were considered to have been martyred on 14th February. Most of the scholars believe this was St. Valentine who was a priest lived in Rome around 270 AD during the period of Roman emperor Claudius 2.
The story of St. Valentine is narrated in two versions by the two groups of Christians, the catholic and the protestant. Both are agreed upon that the saint valentine was a bishop who held secret marriage of soldiers against to the Claudius 2 who had prohibited young marriage. Both stories evoke that valentine may have been killed by the Claudius 2 for attempting to help Christians escape roman prisons. One legend says an imprison valentine sent the first valentine greeting himself when he fell in love with a young girl.
A deep love between the valentine and the young girl had been formed meanwhile. Another legend says the young girl was the daughter of the jailer. The execution of valentine caused great grief to the young girl. Valentine is believed to have been executed on the day of 14th February so this day became a sign of all lovers.