I was wondering about that because when I lived in Holland during the sixties I had never heard of Valentine’s Day! Today because of my POD online shops The day of romance is an important event.
These days Valentine is celebrated in many more countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them. It must be due to the commercial implications! We now know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance.
More than a billion couples are expected to be given away in matrimony in the United States alone during February. But there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. There’s a true-life story. It’s a story that teaches us a lot about the true meaning of love, sacrifice, and commitment. If it’s true well who knows.
St. Valentine (Christian priest) gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony.
(Short version of the story)
As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl who happened to be the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit.
Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually, he was granted sainthood by the Catholic Church.
Another added idea why they might have picked February 14 as the day of celebration is because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves began to mate on that very day.!
While giving a gift and card, having a candlelight dinner, and sharing special words of love, these acts are all important, but the true spirit of Valentine’s Day needs to last throughout the year
Thanks for reading my Valentine post