Saint Valentine’s day falls on the 14th of February, which happens to be today. This is the day when people treat their special someone to romantic date and organise loving surprises. But who was Saint Valentine and why is this romantic day named after him?
Well, there are many different legends around the origin of this special day of love.
1) Here is one of them:
In the ancient Rome, when the Emperor Claudius II was reigning, he found out that there was a lack of soldiers in his army and it was getting more and more difficult to fight their foes. He believed that the reason why men didn’t want to be recruited into his army was – they didn’t want to leave their wives or lovers. So, he decided to ban all marriages and even engagements. For roman people, this decision created a big shock…they continued to fall in love and continued to dream about creating a happy family. Young priest called Valentine started to marry people secretly. When Claudius II found out about it, he had Valentine bitten to death. Later on, for his bravery and dedication to love, priest Valentine gained the title “Saint”.
2) Theory number two:
Another legend said that young priest Valentine helped christians to escape Roman prisons and, after some time of doing it, he got arrested too. While in prison, God gave him many incredible supernatural talents and one of them happened to be the ability to heal people. The prison’s keeper heard about this rear gift of Valentine and sent his blind daughter to him to be cured. Priest Valentine prayed for her and she was healed. After this happened, young people fell in love and Valentine wrote her a farewell letter just before his execution, signing: “From your Valentine”. From that very moment on, this phrase gained immortality.
3) And here is another legend:
The most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is the one, not centred on passionate love between two lovers (type of love called Eros), but on Christian unconditional love for God (called Agape), because, according to this theory, the priest was martyred for refusing to renounce his faith in God. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD. On this day, Romans started to celebrate love, by offering handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines, to women they admired.
It is known that Valentine really existed because archaeologists have recently found a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. There might be doubts regarding the origin of Valentine’s Day, but the most important and undoubtable fact is that this day brings endless amount of joy, happiness and love.
Happy Saint Valentines Day! Love and be loved!