So I went on a search of the history of Valentines Day, here is what I found out.
Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was a fertility celebration held annually on February 15. Around 496, Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day and declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.
It is unclear whom Pope Gelasius I was intending to honor. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and almost nothing is know of the third St. Valentine, except that he died in Africa. Surprisingly all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on February 14th.
So what does that have to do with the celebration of love, which is what I think Valentines Day is about?
Well most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. Apparently that was the end of fact and the rest is myth, but here it is …
According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine, the priest, continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death.
Another legend believes that Valentine, while imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with Claudius’s daughter. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.”
The story that is considered the most plausible is that St. Valentine was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.
What is fact is that the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar in 1969, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.
Hmm, I’m not sure I really needed to know all of that, so I am going to continue believing Valentines Day is about love and what better way to spend time with your love than with a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset, or a cup of coffee and a beautiful sunrise. That is how hubby and I have spent the last week leading up to this day 🙂
And I could post many more pictures but I think you get the idea!
Happy Valentines Day 💕 …