The Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 and represents the day of lovers. The origin of this date goes back to the time of the Romans, although it was in the twentieth century that was “marketed” as a millennial tradition.
The latest Valentine dates from 1840, when Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass postcards of love, known as “valentines” with symbols like heart shape or Cupido. Find Best Valentines day images and cards On happy Valentines Day Love.
However, some believe it is a party Christianized paganism, as in ancient Rome was made worship the god of love, whose Greek name was Eros, whom the Romans called Cupid . In this celebration they asked for favors to the god and offered gifts or offerings to get thus to find the ideal enamorado.
Others focus the origin of the story of Valentine in Rome in the third century , a time when Christianity was persecuted. In this period also the marriage between the soldiers was forbidden since the single men were believed to surrender more in the battlefield than the married men because they were not emotionally tied to their families.
But who was Valentine?
Valentine was a priest who exercised in the third century in Rome . Governed the Emperor Claudius II, who decided to prohibit the celebration of marriages for the young, because in his opinion the unmarried singles were better soldiers, since they had fewer ties.
The priest considered the decree unjust and challenged the emperor. He secretly held marriages for young lovers. The Emperor Claudius learned and as Saint Valentine enjoyed great prestige in Rome, he called him to the palace. Valentine took that occasion to proselytize Christianity. Although at first Claudius II showed interest, the army and the governor of Rome persuaded him to cut off his head. Click for chocolate day Images and quotes.
Emperor Claudius then gave orders that encarcelasen Valentin . Then Officer Asterius, in charge of imprisoning him, wanted to ridicule and test Valentin. He challenged her to return her sight to a daughter of her own, named Julia, who was born blind. Valentin accepted and, in the name of the Lord, returned his eyes.
This convulsed Asterius and his family, who converted to Christianity. However, Valentin kept prisoner and the Emperor Claudius ordered him martyred and executed on February 14 , 270 AD . The young Julia, grateful to the saint, planted an almond tree with pink flowers next to her tomb. Hence the almond tree is a symbol of lasting love and friendship.
The body Valentine is currently held in the Basilica of the same name that is located in the Italian city of Terni . Every February 14th, in this temple an act of commitment is made by different couples who want to join in marriage the following year.