The History Of Valentine’s Day

February has always been a special month for almost everyone, except for the unfortunate few. We have, over and over, heard the name St. Valentine being articulated before us in connection with valentine’s day. At the same time we wonder who is this St. Valentine? Why is February connected with all the romance and passion in the air? Find out about St. Valentine, how Valentine’s day came into practice as it is today. The source of Valentine’s day backtracks as ahead of schedule as 270 A.D and began with the conflict between a merciful priest and a relentless ruler.

Consistently, the fourteenth day of the month of February has millions over the world gifting their partners confection, flowers, chocolates and other presents. In numerous nations, restaurants are seen to be loaded and at times overloaded with couples who are willing to praise their relationship and the delight of their fellowship through scrumptious foods. However, there barely is by all accounts a young person or lady who is not quick to take advantage of this lovely day.

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This tradition started because of a compassionate priest named Valentine who passed away more than a thousand years ago. It is not precisely known why the fourteenth of February is known as Valentine’s Day or if the respectable Valentine truly had any connection with this day. The history of Valentine’s Day is difficult to acquire from any historical chronicle and the shadow of hundreds of years passed by has made the genesis of this day more hard to unearth. It is just a few legends that are our hotspot for the historical backdrop of Valentine’s Day.

In present times St. Valentine’s Day festivals are said to have been gotten from both old Christian and Roman custom. According to one legend, the occasion has begun from the antiquated Roman celebration of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility festival that used to be celebrated  on February 15. Yet the ascent of Christianity in Europe saw numerous agnostic occasions being renamed for and committed to the early Christian saints. However, Lupercalia was no exemption. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius transformed Lupercalia into a Christian festival and set its celebration a day prior, on February 14. He announced February 14 to be the banquet day out of appreciation for Saint Valentine, a Roman saint who existed in the third century. It is this St. Valentine for which Valentine’s day is celebrated.

As indicated by the Catholic archives, there were no less than three early Christian examples of priests by the name of Valentine. While one was a minister in Rome, an alternate was a priest in Terni and little or no less information about the third one. Well at least I couldn’t find any.

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It is clear that Pope Gelasius expected to respect the first of these three previously stated men. Most researchers accept that this St. Valentine was a minister who existed around 270 AD in Rome and pulled in the disgrace of Roman ruler Claudius II who ruled amid this time.


The story of St. Valentine has two separate variants – the Protestant and the Catholic one. Both renditions concur upon Saint Valentine being a priest who privately held wedding ceremonies of warriors in private as Claudius II who had restricted marriage for youngsters and was executed if anyone dared to get married. Amid the lifetime of Valentine, the brilliant period of Roman domain had practically reached an end. There was always civil war . Over all levy expanded and trades saw an awful time. The Roman realm confronted emergency from all sides of Europe and Asia. The realm had developed excessively vast to be protected from outside animosity and interior disorder with existing strengths. Commonly, more fit men were obliged to be selected as officers and soldiers to shield the country from getting captured by the enemy. At the point when Claudius ascended the throne, he felt that wedded men were all the more sincerely connected to their families, and hence, won’t make great officers. He accepted that marriage made men powerless. So he issued a proclamation denying marriage to make sure that his soldiers are not attached to their families

The boycott on marriage left the Romans stunned. Yet they never dared to raise their voice against their mighty king.

The merciful cleric Valentine likewise understood the bad effect of the declaration. He saw the injury of the youthful individuals who surrendered all trusts of being united in marriage. He wanted to counter the ruler’s doctrine in mystery. At whatever point people considered wedding, they went to Valentine who reached them a short time later in a secret place, and went along with them in the ceremony of marriage. Furthermore subsequently he covertly performed numerous relational unions for young people in love. At the same time such things couldn’t  stay covered up for long. It was just a matter of time before Claudius arrived and had him captured.

While anticipating his sentence in jail, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius. It was said that Valentine had some pious capacities and one of them allowed him the ability to heal people. Asterius had a visually impaired girl and knowing of the supernatural forces of Valentine he asked for the last to restore the sight of his visually impaired girl. The Catholic legend has it that Valentine did this through the vehicle of his solid faith, a marvel invalidated by the Protestant form which concurs generally with the Catholic one. Whatever the actuality, it gives the idea that Valentine somehow did succeed to help heal the visually impaired  girl.

At the point when Claudius II met Valentine, he was said to have been inspired by the poise and conviction of the people. Nonetheless, Valentine declined to concur with the king in regards to the boycott on marriage. It is likewise said that the ruler attempted to change over Valentine to the Roman divine beings however, he was unsuccessful in his endeavours. Valentine declined to perceive Roman Gods and even endeavoured to change over the ruler, knowing the results completely. This rankled Claudius II who gave the request of execution of Valentine.

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In the interim, a profound fellowship had developed between Valentine and Asteriu’s’ girl. It brought on incredible anguish to the young person to become aware of his companion’s coming demise. It Before his execution, he wrote a letter for her and in the end wrote “From Your Valentine,” and even today people write that to their loved ones. According to an alternate legend, Valentine experienced passionate feelings for the little girl of his prison guard amid his detainment.. The most conceivable story encompassing St. Valentine is  not focused on Eros (energetic adoration) yet on agape (Christian affection).

Consequently 14th February turned into a day for all lovers and Valentine turned into its Patron Saint. It started to be yearly seen by young Romans who expressed their love on this day, known as Valentines, to the ladies they loved appreciated. With the advent of Christianity the day was named Valentine’s day.

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Author: Mishuk Das

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  1. Well researched and informative blog. Simply Awesome! :)

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