Stating back to the times of the Roman Empire on the 14th of February 496 AD, the day St. Valentine was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius II. Every year people across the United States and different parts of the world especially Christian nations exchange gifts, cards, chocolates between their loved ones in the name of VALENTINE to commemorate his martyrdom. A festival popularly known as the festival of love specially celebrated amongst couples to express their limitless love for each other. Today we bring to you the story behind this festival.
As of now no proper details of St Valentine is found anywhere by historians. The only facts known about him are that he was a Roman priest who used to conduct marriages in secrecy for the Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry as the Roman Emperor at that time Claudius II believed that single men made much better soldiers than those having wives or children. St Valentine challenged this policy of the Roman Emperor and took up the task of getting them married in secrecy. Upon knowing about the acts of this great saint, he immediately tried him and ordered his execution. The emperor went to meet him in person to have a discussion and was highly impressed by his thoughts. In order to give St Valentine a chance to save his life and escape persecution, the emperor asked him to convert to Roman Paganism to which he refused and instead tried to convert Claudius II into Christianity. After this act he was executed. While in jail the saint did a miracle by curing his jailor’s young ailing daughter named Julia who was blind and later on fell in love with her.
Death And Aftermath:
On the evening of February 14 before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first ever valentine greeting card to his jailor’s daughter who was no longer blind signing as “your valentine”. An expression still in use with little modification as “FROM YOUR VALENTINE” used in greeting cards and Valentine’s Day love letters in modern times. Later he was buried in the Church of Paradexes in Rome. Legend also states that St Valentine used to cut out hearts from parchment (a material made from animal skin) and distributed amongst the Roman soldiers in order to remind them of their vows and God’s love. This is a possible origin of the use of hearts during St Valentine’s Day. Presently the shrine of St Valentine is located in Dublin, Ireland.
On this day, people from all corners of the world exchange cards, gifts and chocolates just to express their love for each other. In Christian countries worldwide the festival is largely celebrated with great pomp and show however in few countries like the Muslim nations consider this festival as unethical and arrest or punish those who indulge in celebrating it. In India couples face a hard time from fear of being harassed by leftists who despise this festival as Western Imperialism but in spite of all the obstructions, there is no stopping this festival from gaining popularity in our country with each passing year.