How Did Valentine Day Start, V-Day History, Origin, Celebration
Valentine day or V-Day is one of most popular romantic holidays. If someone asks how such a day came into existence? We need to look back into the 3rd-century medieval period.
To give just a head-start, remember that the 3rd century was ruled by the Romans. They build temples to worship their God and Goddesses. Romans Emperors particularly hated Christianity and were against anyone following their beliefs.
Why Valentine is important and how did it have an impact on the people of Europe? In the most difficult times for Christians – get to know how St. Valentine taught us the beautiful thing about love.
So, here is the story of how did Valentine day start…
How did Valentine’s day start? V-Day History
Roman Empire was ruled Claudius – an Emperor who taught marriage’s make men weak. These soldiers only think about their family and get distracted by wars.
Claudius order in his empire to never allow any men to marry further. The only hope of Roman soldiers was to get help from the churches. Unfortunately, those caught were punished to death.
This is where St. Valentine stepped in with the belief that the relationship between men and women is sacred. “The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.”
Valentine was caught for going against the Emperor’s orders and thrown into jail. It is also said that emperor loved his principles so much that he wanted him to worship Roman Gods.
Valentine refused and was death-sentenced by a 3-way punishment of beating, stoning, and decapitation. But before his death, Valentine was put in jail before his actual punishment was being declared. One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman laws was Asterius, whose daughter was blind.
It is said that Valentine helped her see the world through the blind eyes. Valentine’s preachings helped her recover faith in God – and healed her eyes. This astonished Asterius in such a way that his whole family decided to practice Christianity.
Even though Valentine was dead, he taught the people about love and freedom. It was because of his efforts, soldiers got back their rights to marry their partners.
Valentine Day Celebration
In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius announced 14th of February as St. Valentine’s day. A day celebrated with feast aka Valentinus feast honoring St. Valentine. Soon the custom of proposing partners on Valentine’s day started and we still continue in the 21st century.
This was the story of Valentine’s day. In the 15th century, Great Britain started the trend of exchanging romantic cards. Soon by the 18th century, advertising helped a new custom of exchanging gifts and celebrating 7 days of Valentine.
Valentine Day Origin
Now we know why Valentine is celebrated as the festival of love. Do you ever think why people thought of proposing their partner on Valentine’s day?
This was because the Roman festival of love called Lupercalia was a major party festival during the Medieval period. The festival’s major reason for celebration was to increase fertility. This was none less than the present Mardi Gras celebration in the United States of America.
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The only reason Valentine’s day replaced Lupercalia was because the Roman festival was against the beliefs of Christianity. When Roman Empire was weak and about to collapse, Churches took the liberty to replace their festival with Valentine’s day.