Valentine’s Day – A Day of Romance
The 14th of February each year is a significant day for all lovers the world over. It’s a day when cards, flowers (especially roses), stuffed toys (teddy bears), and jewelry are exchanged. While starry-eyed lovers gaze at each other over a candle-light dinner in a romantic setting. Rekindling their love for each other, declaring their undying love for each other and finally romancing the night away in each other arms.
Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the 5th century and is named after St. Valentine a Christian martyr. There are many stories connected to St. Valentine and his martyrdom. One significant story is that he was imprisoned for performing wedding ceremonies for soldiers who were banned to marry and for ministering to Christians who were victimized under the Roman Empire. Legend tells us that St. Valentine, when he was in prison cured the daughter of jailor Asterius and before the day of his execution, in farewell, he wrote her a letter signing off as “Your Valentine.” Interestingly this phrase is used even today. However, Valentine’s Day and its origins are still masked in mystery.
It was at the end of the 5th Century that Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day. There was no “love” “romance” or “Lovers” attached to this day until much later, when it came to be linked with romance. However, in the Middle Ages, the French and English believed that February 14th was the commencement of the bird mating time of year. This brought on the thought that Valentine’s Day should be exclusively for lovers, love and romance.
Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in almost all parts of the world, but is so in full force in the U.S.A. Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, where in the days gone by little gifts were exchange with carefully hand-written notes. All this was replaced with new technology taking the stands and cards were printed. But there was one woman and her name was Esther Howland, who was a pioneer in mass-produced valentine cards which were made of pretty lace and ribbons of beautiful hues and appropriately she was known as “Mother of the Valentine.” It is believed that that 1 billion Valentine Cards are sent out each year, which no doubt literally brushes shoulders with the Christmas cards each year.
Today, husbands and wives, fiancés and fiancées, and even discreet lovers exchange expensive gifts and spend romantic moments together. Hearts no doubt have a “hand in g(love)” affect over lovers and no doubt beautiful jewelry in the shape of heart pendants and necklaces are perfect gifts for your loved ones. It is amazing how women love the significance of love that is brought about by these gifts.
“Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was choice, falling in love with you was beyond my control.”