Valentines Presents / January 8, 2019 / Fran Petty
This was where young men drew young womens names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage. The Church of course didnt like the pagan festival so Pope Galasius the bishop of Rome amended this celebration slightly. He filled the box with the names of dead saints instead of girls and allowed both men and women to draw from the box. He believed this would encourage youngsters to copy the ways of the saint for the remainder of the year. On 14th February 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius declared this day to be Saint Valentines Day an official Catholic Holiday. By the early 1700s the United States started celebrating this day of love by swapping love notes and exchanging Valentines gifts for boyfriends girlfriends wives and husbands.
Irrespective of the true origin Valentines Day is an occasion to prove your enduring love to your partner and is celebrated across the globe still warming the hearts and souls of many. Valentines Day is the second best-selling card-sending day after Christmas with one billion cards sold per year! Whether you like it or not February 14th is on its way. This holiday revolves around exchanging cards and Valentines presents such as candy lingerie flowers and jewelry. But whats it all about? What do all the meals out the Valentines gifts for him and her the red roses and so on all stand for? Is it just a holiday retail stores have invented to get their hands on our hard-earned cash? Well no not exactly. In fact were celebrating a Christian Holiday Saint Valentines.
Legend One As one of the legends goes in the 3rd century there lived a priest named Valentine. The Roman Emperor Claudius II was ruling at this time and Valentine like many of the public under Claudius rule disliked him with a passion. Claudius wanted all men to join the army. But because men had wives and families of their own these men werent so keen on signing up. Believing a singleton soldier was a better soldier than a married young man Claudius introduced a callous new law which banned marriage ceremonies. In Claudius opinion this would mean more strong young men would join the army with no wives at his disposal. Valentine the priest thought this new law was outrageous so what did he do? He married couples in secret.