Valentines Presents / January 11, 2019 / Cindy Navarro
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.
The country was under the power of the hard-hearted Roman Emperor Claudius II who at the time forbade marriage ceremonies and constantly betrothed Rome in bloody battles. He had a crazy idea. He thought if a man wasnt married he wouldnt mind joining the army. But to his horror Claudius discovered that men were reluctant to join the army because of their loyalty to their wives and families. So he sanctioned a callous order that banned engagements and marriages in Rome. But in spite of this Saint Valentine continued to perform marriage rituals. Thrown into jail it was said that Valentine fell in love with his jailors daughter and restored her sight through his Christian faith and devotion for her. Before his execution Valentine sent her a final message signed "From your Valentine" - a phrase that gets a lot of mileage and one which has become an everlasting symbol of camaraderie and warmth.
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.