Valentine’s Day Meanings

I have found myself to be a researcher and stickler for learning and finding what the true meaning or truth is in holidays, and what is trending etc. Research on the internet these days is pretty easy to do but I like to share my findings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[1] is a secular and religious holiday celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14,[2]including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.[3] According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge,[4] and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.[5]

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples 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.[6] In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).[7]

Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion[8] and the Lutheran Church.[9] Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).[10]

So however you celebrate this day of love, remember you don’t have to choose love just for the day; choose to spread love every day. Put a smile on someones face, open the door for someone or just say “hi”. I know that always makes my day to see someone smile back at me. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love and Light,

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere–it’s Valentine’s Day! On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship. But where did this holiday of affection come from?

The origins of Valentine’s Day are murky. We do know that the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February–the saint day that celebrated several early Christian martyrs named Valentine. But somewhere along the way, Valentine’s Day came to represent romance.

The romance we associate with Valentine’s Day may spring from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14th. During the Middle Ages, human lovebirds recited verse or prose to one another in honor of the day. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” wrote William Shakespeare. And poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning expressed love this way:

How do I love thee; let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach. . .

“Will you be my Valentine?” Nowadays, people often ask this of their loved ones in greeting cards. Probably the first greeting cards, handmade valentines, appeared in the 16th century. As early as 1800, companies began mass-producing cards. Initially these cards were hand-colored by factory workers. By the early 20th century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine. Perhaps you will give or receive a card today or celebrate your family or that special someone in another way. Valentine’s Day also gives people a chance to reflect on the meaning of love. What do you think makes true love?

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I say love EVERYDAY, it may be the only chance you get with that special someone.

Love and Light,

J9