Walking across the street i noticed people carrying cakes, greetings each other from left and right happy Val. Red everywhere in form of roses, dressing etc, a section in the supermarket/mall dedicated to valentine items . That was when it occurred that this day February 14th is a festival period that is recognized and celebrated but does not have a public holiday.
So this post is dedicated to this Festive period.
This is the summary of History of Valentine by me but for the full version check
The history of Valentine was not really documented because of so many records were ruined, but it all bores down to one man Saint Valentine.
Information of Saint Valentine’s life are scarce. What little is known was passed down and finally printed in the year 1260 in Legenda Sanctorum by Jacobus de Voragine, and in the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493.
Saint Valentine was either a priest in Rome or a bishop in Terni, central Italy. He risked the Emperor’s anger by standing up for traditional marriage, secretly marrying soldiers to their young brides. When Emperor Claudius demanded that Christians deny their consciences and worship pagan idols, Saint Valentine refused. Saint Valentine was arrested, dragged before the Prefect of Rome, and condemned him to die.
Before his execution, his jailer, Asterius, asked Saint Valentine to pray for his blind daughter and she miraculously regained her sight, the jailer converted and was baptized, along with many others. Right before his execution, Saint Valentine wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it “from your Valentine.”
Saint Valentine was beaten with clubs and stones, and when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate on Feb. 14, 269 A.D.
In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius designated Feb. 14 as “Saint Valentine’s Day.”
In the High Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, called the father of English literature, wrote “Parliament of Foules” (c.1393) that birds chose their mates in mid-February: “For this was Saint Valentine’s day, when every bird of every kind that men can imagine comes to this place to choose his mate.”
After Chaucer, literature began associating Saint Valentine’s Day with courtly love. This eventually developed into the 18th-century English traditions of presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine greeting cards.
To summarize Valentine is about thinking not only of oneself but others and show love to people and thus February 14 has been agreed upon as a day to demonstrate love to people around you . I want to use this medium to say happy valentine NOK Views Love You. God loves you more, less I forget, come and eat your share of the fried rice and Turkey I prepared
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