VALENTINE DAY

ST.VALENTINE

Valentine day was named after ST. Valentine. It was originally a Christian feast day honouring several saints named Valentinus. Many early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. ST. Valentine was a priest in Rome who was martyred in the year 269. He was imprisoned for helping persecuted Christians. Legend suggests that before his execution, he performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer. The jailer’s daughter and their household came to believe in Jesus and were baptised. Legend also says that on the night before he was executed, he wrote the first valentine card to the jailer’s daughter, signed “Your Valentine”.

TRADITIONS

European traditions connect ST.Valentine and ST.Valentine’s day with romantic love, and sometimes with the advent of spring. The custom of sending cards, flowers and other gifts started in the UK.

The earliest description of February 14th as a celebration of love was in the 15th century when the French court of Charles VI of France held festivities including love songs, poetry and competitions. Poetry became a way of declaring love.

 

The original Valentine’s Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes from 1784

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I’m listening to the poem

So you should too

 

The rose is red, the violet’s blue

The honey’s sweet, and so are you

Thou art my love and I am thine

I drew thee to my valentine

The lot was cast and then I drew,

And fortune said it should be you.

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

That’s the end of my Fabmag

I’ll start working on a new

On valentine day

I wish you many cards

Good bye for now,

All my regards.

 

1 Comment on "VALENTINE DAY"

  1. Great. Lots of interesting information.

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