Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated globally on 14 February. It is originated as a Roman Festival, honoring one or two early saints named VALENTINE.

Who was Saint Valentine?

  • Saint Valentine was a Roman Priest who conduct marriage ceremonies in third-century Rome.
  • The emperor of Rome at that time was Claudius Gothicus II. He banned marriage for young men as he think men would make better soldiers if they were all single.
    1. Saint Valentine opposes the new law and the good-natured priest carried on with the marriage ceremonies.
    2. He was imprisoned as he was caught marrying Christian couples and persecuted by Claudius in Rome.

Reason For it’s Celebration

  • There is not a particular reason for celebration of Valentine Day in February
    • One of the popular fact is that, February was the month in which Saint Valentine was martyred.
    • Many theorists believe that it was first celebrated in February to overshadow a Pagan festival.
  • While some believe that it is celebrated during Lupercalia celebrations involved priests, a sacred cave and sacrifices in the forms of goats and dogs.

Valentine’s become Official

After the TWO CENTURIES of Valentine death, Pope Gelasius became the head of the Catholic Church, and decreed that February 14th should be Valentine’s Day.

Valentine greetings are popular from Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.

  • The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by CharlesDuke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Crazy Facts about VALENTINE’S DAY

  • Valentine’s Day is banned in Saudi Arabia. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice restricts the sale of roses & anything red.
  • About $12.9 Billion is spent on Valentine’s Day per year200 million Roses are produced specifically for the day, 73% of which are bought by Men.
  • Even on Valentine’s Day 2013, a Thai couple name Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat  set the world record for the longest continuous kiss, for about 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds, even the couple also set the previous record in 2011.
  • In Japan, the custom of giving chocolate by women to men was started by Mary’s Chocolates in 1958. While on the 14th March, or ‘White Day’, men give women cookies, jewellery & handbags.
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