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What Is The Real Meaning Of Valentine's Day?

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Lucy Burroughs answered
Originally, Saint Valentine's Day was a celebration of the lives and legacies of several early Christian saints named Valentine (or Valentinus, as it was known in Latin). It wasn't until the 14th century that the martyrs' day became associated with love and romance.

How Did Valentine's Day Get Its Romantic Connotations?
The first known case of Valentine's Day being associated with romance is in a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, entitled Parlement of Foules:
"For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make."
This translates from Middle English to "For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."

The poem was written in celebration of King Richard II's engagement to Anne of Bohemia. Some scholars believe that Chaucer was actually referring to another Valentine's Day - this one on May 2nd - as birds in England don't usually mate in February.

Valentine's Day As We Know It
In 1797, the tradition of giving and receiving Valentine's postcards began, but it wasn't until the second half of the nineteenth century that giving gifts became common practice.  Valentine's Day is usually associated with the colors pink and red, heart-shaped gifts, chocolate, flowers and jewelry.

Valentine's Day is considered by many to be a "Hallmark Holiday" due to its commercialization and the revenue it brings greeting cards manufacturers such as Hallmark.

This video that Google released for Valentine's Day 2012 is refreshing in its attitude to the holiday; gifts don't win the girl's love, but spending time with her does!


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Kath Senior answered
Valentine is the name of several saints who are commemorated on February 14th every year.

In the last 150 years, the custom has grown of sending cards or messages to one that you love. The cards are called valentines, and the loved one is also the valentine.

This custom began in the USA, and the first commercial cards were produced in the 1840s. It is now a common custom in many other parts of the world.

In mediaeval times, it was believed that the birds chose their mates on February 14th and so the connection with love arose.

Choosing a loved one on this day might also have some connection with the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which used to take place at this time of year.

St Valentine himself was a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. He is now the patron saint of lovers, but he did nothing in his lifetime to warrant this.
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The real Valentine was a Roman Christian martyred by the Emperor Claudius II. He minisered while in prison.One of the guards asked Valentine if his God could help his blind daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his family were converted and baptized. The Emperor then sentenced Valentine to death.
Just before being led out to his execution, the young Christian wrote a note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine." i think this warrants this
Zaphod  Beeblebrox Profile
The real meaning behind Valentine's Day is to stimulate the economy in the lull brought on after the Christmas season. Custom tailored "romantic" businesses, such as the diamond industry, flourish because of Valentine's Day. Oh, and I suppose it has something to do with love too.
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Natalie Isl answered

It s based on an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which was held every February 15. The festival was held in the honour of Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage. Also Pan, the God of nature.

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kristine sabate answered
Well, I think loving and respecting each other.

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