It was not until the 1840s that Valentine's Day greeting cards began to be commercially produced in the U. Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love. Valentine, how Valentines day came into practice as it is today. The shot of the arrow would strike the unsuspecting desired person or god, making him fall in love. It was a strange thing to happen to a priest who fervently believed in doing what he thought was right, helping couples to consecrate their love. Time to brush up on your Valentine's history! Valentine performed marriage ceremonies, placing his allegiance to God before the Government in Rome. Because his origins are so obscure, he was actually removed from the General Roman Calendar by the Roman Catholic Church in 1969 but he's still technically considered a saint.
The custom lasted for a long time until people felt that the custom was un-Christian and that mates should be chosen by sight, not luck. But they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor. At this stage, the factual ends and the mythic begins. Hundreds of years later in fifth century Rome, people honored Juno, the pagan goddess of love and marriage, on Feb. Love notes can be given to one another. Each young man drew out a girl's name from the jar and was paired with the girl for the duration of Lupercalia.
His February 14 feast day was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 C. Some stories say that the young couples, who Valentine had married, gave flowers and letters to Valentine when they visited him in the prison. He proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. Valentine's Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England's and. Although this article relies on several sources, much of the information provided can be found, written in loving detail, in which is currently out of print.
Games at PrimaryGames PrimaryGames is the place to learn and play! E As the cult of courtly love spread across Europe in the Middle Ages, an even more romantic light was cast upon mid-February. Sometimes they will give each other chocolates. Chaucer's Love Birds It was not until the 14th century that this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. Adults see it as almost a sacrament where their serious love is celebrated in a serious manner. February, however, has long been associated with romance, a month thought to mark the beginning of the mating season for birds.
Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. Popularity of the Valentine's Day festival stems from the combined effects of all these legends, beliefs and of course the wish to glorify the unparalleled feeling of love. The custom of Lupercalia and later Valentine's Day made an easy transition to the British Isles. These notes that people give out are called valentines. Thanks to the marital angle of his story, Valentine became the patron saint of love, young people, and marriages. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St.
But just who is this St. The festival of Lupercalia was celebrated to honor the Gods Lupercus and Faunus - the Roman God of Agriculture besides the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. After the , the youngsters walked through the city and got the of the. Valentine, but this much is for sure. According to historians, Lupercalia was banned around the end of the 5th century under Pope Gelasius.
The good saint was caught performing a marriage and was hauled into prison and after a trial before the emperor, beheaded. It hopefully won't be worse than getting killed, confused with other people, and kicked off the general liturgical calendar — which is what actually happened to the real St. He thought that unmarried men made better soldiers, so he decided to make it a law that young men could not marry. Howlanda Mount Holyoke, a graduate and native of Worcester. Valentine's Day became definitively associated with love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love.
The Origins of valentine's Day Every year, the fourteenth day of the month of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius. It is not exactly known why the 14th of February is known as Valentine's Day or if the noble Valentine really had any relation to this day. It was mainly relegated to children. Christian marriages and other ceremonies were absolutely forbidden.
We have, time and again, heard the name St. So, we know how Valentine's Day came to be seen as the most romantic day of the year. He performed weddings for couples who were not allowed to get married. A Brief History of Valentine's Day A History of Valentine's Day Valentine's day is a jumble of traditions, beliefs, and celebrations that has come to us from a distant past. Holidays at PrimaryGames PrimaryGames has a large collection of games, crafts, coloring pages, postcards and stationery for the following holidays: , , , , , , , , and more. The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of , a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15.
This festival was held each February 14. Surprisingly, all three of them were said to have been martyred on 14th February. However, machine production soon displaced the intricately worked cards with inexpensive stamped cards. Yet another popular version of the legend states that while in prison Valentine or Valentinus fell in love with jailer's daughter who visited him during confinement. Along with Saint Marius, St Valentine secretly married couples. Adults have continued this tradition of card giving which makes this day, behind Christmas, the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.