Valentine’s Day: The History and Why We Celebrate

Valentine's Day: The History and Why We CelebrateValentine’s Day2024- As Valentine’s Week comes to an end, lovers all across the globe gear up to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. Valentine’s Day is the last day of Valentine’s Week. People pamper their significant other, crush or potential partner on this day with grand gestures, gifts, romantic dates, and more to express their love. Some people also mark Valentine’s Day as a self-love day and indulge themselves by splurging on self-care or participating in activities they love. Whether you are single or not, Valentine’s Day is all about being in love and celebrating love.

While many couples celebrate this cupid season, not many know the history and significance of Valentine’s Day. If you are one of those people, let us help you out.

‘Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 as couples across the globe honor their spouses, partners and sweethearts. Hundreds of years of traditions and customs have made it into the holiday that we observe today. Here are nine interesting facts about the holiday dedicated to romance and love.”

Where does the name Valentine’s Day come from?

The holiday is aptly named after Saint Valentine. But who exactly was he? Valentine is likely based on a combination of two Valentines who were executed on February 14 in different years by Roman Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century A.C.E., according to NPR. The Catholic Church maybe have established St. Valentine’s Day to honor these two martyrs.

Legend says that one of these men, Saint Valentine of Terni, had officiated weddings for Roman soldiers in secret, going against the emperor’s wishes, making him seen to some as a proponent of love. Another story involves the practice of writing love letters to your valentine. It’s said that St. Valentine wrote the first “valentine” greeting to a young girl he tutored and fell in love with while he was imprisoned for the crimes outlined above. According to The History Channel, before his death. He wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine. Which remains a commonly used phrase to this day.

But these romantic anecdotes are only legends. So little historical information is known about the martyrs named St. Valentine. That in 1969 the Roman Catholic Church removed the feast day from its calendar, though St. Valentine is still recognized as a saint.

Why do we celebrate Valentine Day?

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Chaucer lived in the Middle Ages, the era of courtly love, when broad, romantic statements of devotion—poems, songs, paintings—celebrated partnership. By the end of the 15th century. The word “valentine” was being used to describe a lover in poems and also songs of the day. Also in the 18th century, a book called The Young Man’s Valentine Writer was published in England. By the mid-19th century, mass-produced paper Valentine’s Cards were being created (though DIY Valentine’s card ideas are still worth trying). Also Valentine’s Day as we know it was born.

The truth about Valentine’s Day history is that the romantic holiday isn’t immune to tragedy. During Prohibition in Chicago, seven men were killed by a gang organized by Al Capone on Feb. 14, 1929. The Valentine’s Day Massacre became a flashpoint in Prohibition history, with police and lawmakers going after the gangs and also mobs that had formed in cities to control then-illegal substances like alcohol.

Valentine’s day Weeks-

Days Name of the Day Valentine’s Week 2024 List
Day 1 🌹 Rose Day  Feb 07, 2024
Day 2 💍 Propose Day Feb 08, 2024
Day 3 🍫 Chocolate Day Feb 09, 2024
Day 4 🧸 Teddy Day Feb 10, 2024
Day 5 🤞 Promise Day Feb 11, 2024
Day 6 🤗 Hug Day Feb 12, 2024
Day 7 💋 Kiss Day Feb 13, 2024
Day 8 ❤️ Valentine’s Day Feb 14, 2024

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