Valentine’s day is all about love, chocolates, and flowers. All those things that make your partner witness your love for them. While it is all about love and staying close to each other it has a dark story to it. It is not merely about giving cards and having candlelight dinner, there is self-sacrifice and standing against all odds to keep the love ignited in a cruel world:
What is the story of the valentine’s day?
In the third century, Europe had a ruler named Claudius II Gothicus. People named him Claudius the cruel for his harsh and rough leadership. He enjoyed wars and had a great tendency of getting into wars. He abused his people as well. He had announced his participation in so many wars that it became difficult for him to recruit enough soldiers to partake in the wars.
He held the point of view that Romans aren’t joining the army because they didn’t want to leave their families family and loved ones. To make men join the army for wars he announced that no one will get married and cannot make a family. This shattered dreams of many citizens who wanted to have a family and lead a normal life of a family man. No one dared to stand up against this merciless King or dared to be a tyrant.
Valentine’s day is in the memory of a simple Christian Priest who despite king’s orders married soldiers before they left for war. In 269 A.D., Claudius found out about this rebel, threw him in jail and declared that he would be hanged for not obeying the King.
During his time of punishment is jail, Valentines fell in love with a girl. She was the jailer’s daughter. He wrote a letter in which he wrote a sonnet for her. He had no writing instrument available but he squeezed ink from violet flowers. He was executed the very next day so it was, unfortunately, a very short-lived romance. He was executed by the Roman executioners. It is said that his words were so powerful that the blind woman got her light and eyesight back. She was able to see the world but the cruel world did not let her see her lover.
How did Valentine's Day start?
It was Priest Valentine who sacrificed himself to keep love alive. His self-sacrifice for love was something which could not be forgotten. After his execution, his story remained legendary in Rome for centuries. People could not forget him and neither did they want to forget his sacrifices for love. He was granted Sainthood and the Catholic church decided to have a feast in his honor. They choose the date 14th February to celebrate this nobleman. This date was chosen because of the ancient belief that on this day love birds, owls and doves began to mate. This also signifies that togetherness is deep-rooted in nature. No human or rule can keep people away from their loved ones or making families. It is against nature to keep people away from loving and marrying.
Why do they celebrate Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s day is not just about proposing your crush or buying chocolates for your boyfriend. Valentine’s day is a sacred day on which St. Valentine’s sacrifices are remembered and cherished. He was the one who understood the meaning of love and the importance of marriage. He was one army who stood against the King and let people celebrate their love. Valentine’s day is a reminder to keep your marriages strong and do whatever it takes to be together. St. Valentine’s fought for the people of Rome and got them married secretly. He found love in marriage. We shall too, seek love in marriage and keep our families close and united.
What is the official date for Valentine's Day?
The official date of Valentine’s day is not when St. Valentine’s was executed but it is the decided date by the Catholic church, 14th February. It is because they believed in the old idea that birds specifically love birds and doves started mating on this day. It keeps the idea of marriage and family alive. The reason St. Valentine’s fought his life for. Love prevails everything in this world. It is the power that can undo all the evil.