Valentine’s Day is a day of romance and the first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496 AD. Having a particular Valentine’s Day is an ancient and unique tradition, it is presumed to be originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their spring. Each year millions across the world present love to their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates, and other lovely gifts. All over the world special arrangements are made for couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines. There hardly seems to be a young man or woman who is not keen to make the most of this day.
Peep back in the Real Story of Valentine’s Day
More than a thousand years back in the history a cleric named Valentine who died and it is presumed that his demise may have a connection with 14th of February. But it is impossible to obtain from any archive regarding this and as the centuries have gone the essence is almost impossible to trace out. There are only some folklores that are our source for the history of Valentine’s Day.
Historically derived from Ancient Christian and Roman Empire:
It is said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. As per one myth, the holiday has originated from a fertility celebration that used to be observed annually on February 15. On the other side of the spectrum Christianity in Europe saw many pagan holidays being renamed for and steadfast to the early Christian martyrs. Lupercalia was no exception. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14. He asserted February 14 to be the feast day in uprightness of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century.
Catholic compendium has more depth anthology:
Catholic anthology shows some legends to trace out the history of Valentine’s Day. There were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine.
- One was a priest in Rome.
- The second one was a bishop in Terni.
- The third one was from Africa.
Astoundingly, all three of them were said to be martyred on 14th February. The ban on marriage was a great shock for the Romans. But they were threatened not to voice their protest against the mighty emperor. Kindhearted bishop Valentine grasped the prejudice of the verdict. He saw young lovers who were disappointed and helpless. He secretly premeditated to pawn the monarch’s orders. Each time lovers thought of marrying; they went to Valentine who met them subsequently in a secret place and got them together in the sacrament of matrimony. And thus he secretly performed many marriages for young lovers. But such things cannot remain hidden for long. It was only a matter of time before Claudius came to know of this “friend of lovers,” and had him arrested. That’s why each year lovers do celebrate their love for Saint Valentine for his deep love for ‘love’ and humanity.