Every year on 14th Feb, you must have seen people giving each other gifts, roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and cards. They give this to their loved one, partner, or with that special someone whom they wish to spend their whole life with. This special occasion is celebrated globally and has become a special occasion, just like Christmas and New Year.
Origin of Valentine’s day
It began with Lupercalia’s festival, which was celebrated by Romans from February 13-15. This event was initiated by pagans to celebrate fertility. On this day, the Roman men used to be drunk and naked. They used to sacrifice a dog and a goat, and then they whipped the woman with the hides of these animals.
There used to be lotteries for matchmaking, and they pair with the name that comes in the lottery. They could be a couple for the duration of the night or longer if they feel compatible. By the end of the 400 A.D, as it was not a Christian tradition, Pope Gelasius put an end to the festival and replaced it with Valentine’s day as a Christian feat day instead. Hence the ancient Romans are said to be responsible for what we call Love today.
Another story of Valentine Days origin
There were three Italian martyrs, and all of them were executed by Roman Emperor Claudius II on 14th Feb of different years in the 1380s. The Emperor averted engagements and marriages for soldiers, but Valentinus continued marrying young couples. Because of this, he was beheaded, and he left a note for her daughter stating, “From your Valentine.”
The tradition of Valentine
Do you know who set the trend of sending cards? It was back in 1415 the Duke of Orleans, Charles, was imprisoned in the Tower of London, sent his wife a note that was called valentine, but his wife died before that note could reach her. This day has become famous throughout the country. Handmade valentines became very renowned in the 1700s, and this trend has never gone out since then.
What does “Will you be my Valentine?” really mean?
You must have heard this statement an array of times, and it makes you really excited and happy. When someone says this, it means that he is being romantic, and if the other person feels the same, then the eyes get glossy, the heart starts pounding, and there is a feeling of butterflies in the stomach.
This statement means that the person wants you to be their partner forever as they love them or are attracted to them. They propose the other person with a gift, card, ring, or anything that makes them feel special.
What do people do on Valentine’s Day?
Everyone has their own choices as some like going for a drive, few of them might prefer a candlelight dinner, movie or anything that both of them enjoy. People usually give gifts, cards, roses, and chocolates on this day.