The legend of Saint Valentine and the origin of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day! Lovers wait for this day to express the most of their love. It may be through love notes, greetings, flowers or anything. Some people wait for this day to propose the girl or boy they had been carrying in their heart for a long time. So, what makes this day, February 14th, so special to lovers? And why is it called Valentine's Day? Who or what is 'Valentine'? The below paragraph will answer all these questions. The story goes like this...
There was a king in Rome by the name Claudius II. His reign was in the 3rd century. He was a cold-hearted person. He wanted to increase the size and strength of his army. There are many disgusting and frustrating stories about his cruelty. So, he was of the opinion that men who are married will be more committed to his family than to the nation. He wanted his army men to devote everything to the nation. He thought that love is the greatest weakness of every man. In order to recruit more people to his army, he announced a decree banning all the men in Rome from getting married. This was to make them join the army without them having a family to worry about. It was the king's decision. So, all were helpless. They had to follow this rule. Now, the protagonist of our story, Saint Valentine, was a Christian bishop in Rome. He did not like the king's nonsense. He started making people get married secretly. He stood witness to a lot of marriages. He knew that he could not do it forever. As he had expected, one day he was got caught by the King's men and he was sentenced to death. The King asked him to convert to Roman belief and worship Roman gods. But, Saint Valentine was not ready to leave Christianity. He was put in prison before the execution of his death sentence. While in prison, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter. It is also believed that he magically cured her blindness. So, he was beaten to death on February 14th, 269 A.D. The day before his execution, he wrote a letter to his love. The letter contained these words- "From Your Valentine".
This is the legend of Saint Valentine. In 469 A.D, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as the day to honour Saint Valentine, the patron of love. Since then, February 14th is being celebrated worldwide as Valentine's day, the day of lovers.
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:22:51 +0000
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