Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day......

Saint Valentine is the name for various martyred saints of ancient Rome. Here is one idea of how this holiday that is celebrated by so many around the world came to be:

Around third-century Rome, Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages because he believed that single men made for better soldiers then married men with families. However, a Roman priest defied these orders and continued to marry Christian couples and also helped out Christians who at that time in Rome were being persecuted by Claudius II. When Claudius discovered this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown into jail, and later beheaded

In an embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine's execution, the priest wrote a letter thought to be the first "valentine" to a young girl- (believed to be perhaps the jailer's daughter)-who had visited him in confinement. It is not quite sure whether Valentine had befriended or healed her...or perhaps both. However, he had given her this letter before his execution, in which he had signed it: "From your Valentine." Which is an expression still used to date.

Well, whatever story or saint you believe brought this holiday celebrated by millions to be---remind your family and friends not ONLY on this day, but EACH day of how important they are to you in your life. Happy Valentine's Day!!! I hope that everyone can enjoy this day with their loved ones.

From your Valentine,


eyeshoot said...

I've always found it interesting that such a sad story can be the basis of such a marketing frenzy!

Ada Rosman said...

Yes..... I think it is pretty absurd how greatly marketing impacts and transforms the holidays into money making moments---in the end losing sight of what the holidays actual stand for and mean.