Feast of Valentine(what you didn't know)



      Introduction:

February 14 is always a day to remember, especially for the love birds..

It is a day set aside, strictly for showing love and affection; by sending cards, flowers, chocolates etc...

      Who was St Valentine?

The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD

 He gained his popularity by going against the order of Emperor Claudius(ii) who had banned marriage(simply because he thought married men were bad soldiers)

 St Valentine felt this was unfair and arranged marriages in secret.  

When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown into jail and sentenced to death.

   There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and rumour has it that St Valentine restored her sight...

   When he was taken to be executed, on the 14th of February, he sent her a letter, signed "from your Valentine"


       How did Valentine's day start?

 The 1st Valentine's day was in the year 496....

The Valentine's day is a very old tradition thought to have originated from a Roman Festival called "Lupercalia".

As part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls out of a box.

They'd be boyfriends and girlfriends during the festival and sometimes they'd get married.

 Later on, the church turned this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it as a remembrance for St Valentine...

   Gradually,  St Valentine's day became popular and it's the major opportunity to express your feelings to your loved ones today..

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