Monday, February 14, 2011

What Valentine's day is really about

I have always had one same argument over the years,and that is what valentine is about.I am always of the opinion that Valentine's day was originally for lovers and the people with which i have the arguments disconcur saying it is for everybody.That is is a day to show love and so on and so on.But what is Valentine's day really about? I'm gonna take you back to how it started.

"The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France." As recorded by History.com.

Based on the stories,we see that Valentine's day points towards Romance.I took my time to check other sources and the stories were similar.However,people consider Valentine's day to be a day for showing love.These sets of people are not wrong,i mean,Saint Valentine encouraged it.But originally it was supposed to be for lovers.I'm not against people who feel Valentine's day is for everybody,but just for arguments sake,Valentine's day was meant for lovers.

Have a very lovely Val's day today.Whether you have a partner or not,just make sure you have fun,cos i know i'm gonna have my share of fun.Lemme get back to the day's work jare!

2 comments:

  1. lol so what is your point exactly. I mean what is the point of this post, we know valentine is for lovers naow heheh. Anyways how did it go?

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  2. BSNC-Na you talk am o.I have had serious debates on this topic.People actually feels Val is not for lovers only but for everybody.So,now you see the point of the post.Well,mine went very well o,ended up having a candle-light dinner sef...hehehehehe! How did yours go though?

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