"The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards."
Officially, it is. But, many feel it is a time to celebrate caring feelings in general. I give my children chocolates. That's another type of love. I give friends cards. Friendship is love. We're pretty open here in the US. We really enjoy sharing joyful feelings! <3. Happy Valentine's Day!
Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is a widely recognized third century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love. Nothing is reliably known of St. Valentine except his name and the fact that he died on February 14 on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome. It is uncertain whether St. Valentine is to be identified as one saint or two saints of the same name. Several differing martyrologies have been added to later hagiographies that are unreliable. For these reasons this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969. But the "Martyr Valentinus who died on the 14th of February on the Via Flaminia close to the Milvian bridge in Rome" still remains in the list of officially recognized saints for local veneration
To mee it means sharig your feelings with the people you love.It is one way to let them know you care.That is so important because sometimes in this crazy day to day world we forget to letthem knoe we care. Happy Valentine's Day to you Ramesh!!! I send you many wonderful blessings and much happiness!!!
Valentine's Day is a day originally created to fill the gap between Christmas and Easter. Store owners wanted people to continue to buy, so Valentine's story was brought to the people's attention~a reminder to all to appreciate those they love...and of course to shower them with gifts to demonstrate just how much they are loved. Although it has been created for commercial gain...the people/public themselves have discovered that it is the one day a year where they can express the love they feel in their hearts to perhaps another who has no idea exists...until ... today. So...Happy Valentine's Day and may the sun shine strong within your heart, for that is what love is...a light to be shared.
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I was going to give a little of the history behind the day when we celebrate our love for others; however, as I read the other answers posted, I see that the history is already posted. So instead I will put this out there: It is a day to show your love and appreciation for others in your life. All too often we forget to tell our loved ones that we love them. This day is set aside for the purpose of reminding us to say "I love you!", and to show it in various ways.
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.
It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. For example, Valentine's Day in Finland refers to “Friend's day”, which is more about remembering all friends rather than focusing solely on romance. Valentine's Day in Guatemala is known as Day of Love and Friendship). It is similar to Valentine’s Day customs and traditions countries such as the United States but it is also a time for many to show their appreciation for their friends.
St. Valentine`s Day a day to declare your affection for someone you deem specialwithin your life and to your Heart. This goes back to ancient Rome Residents,in fact St. Valentine had absolutely nothing to do with this day at all.He may not have even of existed,it`s all speculations. Stories were that residents of city wanted to honor the She-Wolf that Raised Romulus and Remus. It was Romulus who was the founder of Rome after killing his Brother Remus in a fit of rage. That`s the story that's been told over the centuries. But who really knows the reality of some of the things that are celebrated in the world these day`s. but as a Christian I`m not into the rituals of this world. Like the Apostle John was Inspired to write:(1 John 2:15-17)(KJV)15 Love not the world,neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world,the love of the Father is not in him.16[For all that]is[in the world,the lust of the flesh,and the lust of the eye`s,and the pride of life,is not of the Father but is of the world]17[And the world passeth away,and the lust thereof:but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.] .
Valentines day is about the Love you have for any person,any animal like your dog or cat. For the love you feel for your children no matter how old they may be. It's for the neighbor that lives down the street that's always there to help you out. The sister that listens to your endless mishaps in your own life and still says I Love you sis. For all the people in your life no matter who they are. Whether you know them or are just an acquaintance such as an waitress at the local diner your visit, the man you buy the daily paper from, or perhaps the doorman that's always opens the door with a smile and a sweet Hello,To lord up above for giving us this wonderful place to live with the beauty that surrounds us in our daily lives. That fills us with joy and happiness, for being alive. I know I'm thankful for all things around me on this Valentines Day, For you see I am fighting Lung Cancer that is inoinoperableo I love all the things I see and smell. I guess you could say I am looking thru rose colored glasses. Maybe I am But, i sure do apprappreciate Love around me whether it me in Nature, Animal life or human life. I see all things as a valentines day Love.
It's a pagan holiday that should not be celebrated by Christians. From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
The Roman romantics "were drunk. They were naked," says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.
The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival – or longer, if the match was right.
The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.
unfortunately, Valentine's Day is an opportunity for Retailers to cash in on another holiday that society has blown out of proportion. Parents buy boxed cards for their children to hand out to their classmates . Parents will give money to their children to purchase them a card or gift that eventually gets tossed in the trash. Then there are our lovers, husbands and wifes. If we truly care about someone we MUST take the time to know what they want, need and desire. Instead of reaching for your wallets, dig deep into your heart and soul and express your love with your actions and words of affirmation. Step out of your comfort zone, take a chance and tell that someone special that you have been watching from afar and just how much they mean to you. TAKE ACTION! .
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I am a christian, the bible does not have reference to valentine. however, my opinion, it promotes more of immorality than the actual love the bible instructs for one another by its practice today except a few. Love is natural as act of Jehovah God in man.
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Sending a Valentine message is meant to be to someone you love but cannot identify yourself, for being the wrong class, race or religion, the sender never signed the card, and the recipient (maybe pretending) did not know from whom it came. I read quite a while ago, about the valentine message being a simple note tied to a small posy, or a single flower. Apparently a woman had never told the man she loved that she did so. When he was on service in Europe in WWI she hand made a folding card, placing inside it a photograph of herself, decorated the photo's border with lace, and wrote something like "I cannot bear the thought that you may die never knowing you are my love."
Hallmark soon recognized the commercial potential. These days in my opinion, sending a valentine anything to the person with whom you're already in a romantic relationship and/or marriage is ignorance. As for giving gifts - things pricey - ridiculous! Money is going to reassure a spouse or partner they're loved? If they aren't sure already, a $$$ gift is not the answer. Like Xmas, Easter, Hallowe'en, we have forgotten to keep it simple and have lost the origins.
it meant to remember Saint Valentine's name saint valentine is a man that lived a while ago, the king said that no one could wed. saint valentine fell in love and got married, this was against the law so saint valentine was sent to death, his love then proclaimed that she wants his name to be remembered and that is how Valentine's day came to be.
...do I have an answer yes I do......unfortunately St Valentines Day used to be the day for lovers, people in love be it with the man of their dreams, their children or whatever, but unfortunately these days its all about making money, even down to soft furnishings, towels, sheets and the like. What is this, it has taken the "ping" out of the meaning of this day, when we should all love what we are doing, love to be alive, love to be with the person we are with, love to go to work, love to stay in bed, love to love.......sorry folks, I might be old-fashioned but this should be as it was years ago, when we as young girls, would pass a note in the class to the boy of our dreams, or send a card without signing it (anonymously)....but these days are gone and our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and the like, will never experience this magic that we had as youngsters...progress I think not.... digress it is!...on that note HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to those IN LOVE and who LOVE...!!
St. Valentine: History tells us only that several Christians by the name of Valentine were martyred for their faith. One, very probably a priest, was martyred on February 14, 270, during a persecution promoted by Emperor Claudius II. His annual feast day on February 14 soon became associated with a tradition of boys and girls exchanging promises of love. This was done in different ways over the centuries and evolved into our present tradition of exchanging Valentines on February 14 along with gifts and other special signs of love and affection.
i really think all of the answer are helpful, but i think it is ment to show how the combination of male and female, male and male, female and female, animals and human, can show love to each other through different emotions. Now, you can show this every 365 days but this day was made so everyone can show it in their own way and be happy even if they dont have a date