“Happy Valentines Day”
That is what we all hear on the morning of and during the day or February 14th every single year. Some people hate this day because it symbolizes love and they are not in a relationship so they don’t understand what everyone is getting all worked up over.
I personally do all holidays for my children as they are my reason for everything I do.
I have to ask though,..does anyone here really know the meaning behind Valentines? Besides that fact that you get candy hearts and flowers and boxes of chocolates,..oh and besides the fact that stores use this day to rake in billions of dollars every year?
I don’t want to be a bearer of bad new or ruin what Valentines is for you but I thought it would be interesting to learn the REAL meaning behind Valentines Day!
February 14 in the year 270 A.D., a holy priest in Rome named Valentine, was executed. This was common practice in the days of Emperor Claudius II,. and so this day was named Valentines Day after the beheading of a human.
Why did they behead him you ask?
Well,..Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns when under the ruling of Emperor Claudius II,..A.K.A. Claudius the Cruel, and as ‘The Emperor’ he felt he had to maintain a strong army, (I don’t understand the bloody part of it) but it seemed he was having a difficult time getting new soldiers to join his military. He believed that Roman men (and boys) were unwilling to join his army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.
Claudius decided that to fix his problem he would ban all engagements and marriages in Rome. Valentine realized the injustice of this and he chose to defy Claudius. He continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret, a BIG NO-NO!
When Valentine’s actions were discovered by Claudius it was ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome,..he was then condemned and beaten to death with clubs and then to finalize it they cut his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.
The Legend says that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell to the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend. He signed it “From Your Valentine.”
Due to this, Valentine was named a saint after his death.
Over time, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.
So now that you know the real story behind the holiday of lovers I have to ask,..do you still believe in celebrating the holiday?