Valentine’s Day A Collection of Mythology

Posted on February 13, 2012 by

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Valentine’s Day is a time full of love and happiness, attraction and courtship. Flowers, candy, and cards are sent to significant others all over the world as a sign of affection between men and women alike.

As the celebrations of this endearing holiday commence, its origins frequently come into question. How did Valentine’s Day begin, and where did the traditions start?

February has been known as a month teeming with romance for quite some time, but the exact history and origin of the holiday’s patron saint remains somewhat obscure. Valentine’s Day today is a combination of both ancient Roman and Christian traditions.

One story describing the origins of Valentine’s day portrays St. Valentine as a priest who served in Rome during the third century. During that time, Claudius II decided that unmarried men made better soldiers than those who had families of wives and children at home. He outlawed marriage for those younger men so that he would have more soldiers at his disposal.

According to the History Channel, Valentine decided he would begin marrying young lovers in secret. Once it was discovered that he was going against the emperor, Valentine was sadly put to death.

Another legend tells of Valentine beginning the concept of “valentines” himself. The History Channel said, that while in prison, he fell in love with a young girl who was the jailor’s daughter. It is believed that, before he died, Valentine wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine.”

Some people may come to the assumption that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the month of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial, but another group claims a more Christian interpretation.

The feast of Lupercalia, which began on February 15th, was a fertility festival in dedication to the Roman god of agriculture by the name of Faunus. Since this was a pagan celebration, the Christians wanted to bring some of their religion to the feast. They did this in an attempt to purify the holiday from pagan values.

The meaning of Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years, and various countries around the world still celebrate the holiday in their own way. Valentine’s Day everywhere is still celebrated as a day full of love.

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