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Valentine; Everything You Need To Know

Despite the Covid 19, Valentine is still trending on social media with just few days to go. Although people thought this year's celebration might be halted by the covid -19 restrictions, people are still eager to celebrate it. 

Where did Valentine emerged from, Why is it so Popular?

The Valentine holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, (Lupercalia, was an ancient Roman festival that was annually observed on February 15 under the superintendence of a corporation of priests called Luperci.) held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery.

 At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with minor Christian feast day honoring one or two Christian early matrys called St. Valentine and hence St. Valentine’s Day. 

Also known as the feast of St. Valentine, It has metamorphosed into a popular cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century. Valentine's Day is celebrated each year on 14th February. In 2021 the celebration falls on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Who was this Valentine? 

History echoes that, there existed several Christian matyrs named Valentine but the popular St Valentine may have taken its name from a priest of the same name, who was matyred about 270 CE by the Roman emperor Claudius II Gothicus.

According to legend, the priest healed his jailers daughter of blindness and developed a sort of friendship with her. When he was about to be executed he signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter. Other accounts hold that it was St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop, for whom the holiday was named, though it is possible the two saints were actually one person.

Other historians has it that, St. Valentine defied the emperors orders of suspension of new marriages. He secretly married couples to spare their husbands from war. Its therefore logical that his feast day is associated with love. 

Symbols And Colours Of  Valentine Day

1. Cupid, a Roman god of love, along with hearts traditionally set. In Latin, the word Cupid means "desire." Cupid is represented as a naked, chubby boy with wings and possessing a mischievous smile. He carries a bow with a quiver of arrows which he uses to transfix the hearts of youths and maidens.

2. Roses: From time immemorial, beloveds have been compared to roses. If we juggle the letters of the word ROSE we get EROS, who is the God of Love according to the . Rose has thus been the traditional choice of lovers around the world. The colour red is associated with strong emotions and below are listed sentiments expressed by different hues of rose. 

3. The colour Red, Pink and White : Red means love, symbolic of the heart, and the red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red and white, make pink. Red is usually reserved for romantic, intimate relationships and pink can be for close friends or family members on Valentine’s Day.

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