Notes on a Valentine Birthday

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I was born on Valentine's Day many moons ago. I have had a lifetime of heart shaped cakes and gifts wrapped in red and white tissue and I have loved every minute of it.I've enjoyed being a Valentine Birthday girl so much that I hope to mark off many more Valentines Days on my calendar before I blow out that final candle on the cake.

Valentines Day has a wonderful energy. There are no heavy religious or patriotic overtones. It is all about love, romance, flowers and chocolate. Personally, I'm more into chocolate these days than romance, but it used to be the other way around.There is something for everybody on Valentines Day. Toddlers. geezers, and everybody in between--everybody has a good time.

If you are going to be born on a holiday, Valentines Day is definitely the one to choose. First of all, when people ask you when your birthday is and you tell them, they always smile and usually you get a big "awwwwwww" too. Secondly, there is a good chance that they will actually remember your birthday, it being an international holiday and all. And last, but certainly not least, a Valentine birthday is better than Christmas as you don't have to compete with the baby Jesus for attention and nobody is going to give you a combination birthday and Christmas gift, although you will end up with a lot of heart shaped items.

Since I have always really regarded Valentines Day as my personal property,I know a lot about it. I've always thought it was nice that the world had a holiday to celebrate on my birthday, but to me, especially when I was a child, the main event of the day was, in the immortal words of Miss Piggie, "moi."

Nevertheless, I've picked up a bit of Valentine info over the years.

Who Was St. Valentine Anyway

It seems there were at least three St. Valentines, all of whom were priests and martyrs. Even the Church is not sure which St. Valentine is which, however, St Valentines Day was made official by Pope Gelasius in 496AD. The celebration of February 14th as a special day for lovers goes back much further, to the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia.

The eve of Lupercalia ( February 14th) was set aside to honor Juno, queen of the gods and patroness of women and marriage. The names of Roman girls were placed in a jar and the boys picked the name of a girl out of the jar at random and the two were paired for the two weeks of Lupercalia. Many betrothals and marriages came out of this custom. Lupercalia itself was basically a fertility festival in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who is said to have suckled Romulus and Remus the legendary founders of Rome.

Later it became associated with the mating of birds and the rebirth of Spring.The custom of marriage lotteries was carried over to Valentines Day celebrations in medievil Europe. Cards and love letters were associated with the holiday by the 16th century. The traditional lacy heart shaped valentine came into vogue in Victorian times. These days, whether it's kindergarteners cutting and pasting paper hearts, courting couples dining by candlelight, or teenagers texting one another Valentine greetings it's still all about love and romance.

Who could ask for a better day to be born on?

History of Valentines Day

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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Happy Valentines Day -- and Happy Birthday, Robie2. It's definitely a wonderful day for you and for all of us. What can be better than chocolate and flowers? Thanks for the good information.


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Hi William and thanks for the visit. Happy Valentines Day yourself and nothing in this world is better than chocolate :-)


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Great hub, Robie! Will mail your birthday card tomorrow, but since there's no chance of dining with Sean Connery on ValDay, have decided to keep the chocolates for myself. ;-)


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day, Robie; what a nice day to be born. My girlfriend in NY is one day after Valentine's, so I never forget her birthday, and she will be receiving flowers from me from me, she deserves it, has been my friend for over 30 years. :)  

Thumbs up!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Way cute!  You've got to love how most if not all Catholic hey days originate in ancient pagan customs :-)  And I guess you're right, if you've got to be born in a holiday, this is a cool one to make an appearance!

I hope not to forget to send a bday card, Valentine's Day isn't so big in my neck of the woods, but let's be plain and clear already: Chocolates don't travel well by email, so I'm keeping those! Laugh!


pgrundy 7 years ago

Happy Birthday! What a great day to be born. I hope you enjoy yourself this year when it rolls around. :o)


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by and for the birthday wishes. So Jama-- Sean Connery is busy on V-day 'cause he's having dinner with me LOL. VS-- happy birthday to your girlfriend in NYC. Elena--yeah most Christian holidays have pagan roots if you look closely. Christmas was Saturnalia etc. Not a bad idea to co-opt the old religion into the new-- those early Church fathers wereno fools. and Pam thanks for the birthday wishes.


KsCharles 7 years ago

Happy Birthday! You were so fortunate to be born on the day that signifies love and romance and sharing love and caring with others. I'll betcha I'll remember your birthday in the years to come, too. And thank you for the so-interesting history of Valentine's Day: Don't we all need a little pagan genes and history to spice up our lives?!!


newsworthy 7 years ago

Hi and happy birthday. Hope your heart shaped day is filled with lots of new surprises and a back rub.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Happy early birthday! I would love a Valentine's Birthday! In my family, we hit a number of holidays (my son on Halloween, my hubby and I - right before Christmas, my sister the day before Independence Day, etc.). Due to my son, we have quite the black and orange collection.... But I digress! I hope you really enjoy your dinner with Sean Connery. LOL! And many more heart-shaped birthday candles in the future.


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

hi KsCharles,newsworthy and steph. I do love having a Velentine birthday. It really is fun--and thanks for the bikrthday wishes...all of you. Steph-- it sounds like your family has the holiday birthday thing totally covered. Very impressive:-)


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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

robie2,

Happy Valentines Birthday! What a sweet birthday for a sweet person! Enjoy your day!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

My cousin has a Valentine birthday, just like you. Thank goodness Hallmark and a couple of other card publishers actually make Valentine / birthday card combos. It's been a delight to go looking for them. Now, all the publishers have to do is add the concept of "cousin" or "friend" and I'll love them forever. OOPS...maybe I should be writing those messages and selling them to the publishers!

Many happy returns to you, Robie. Indeed, the holiday is your personal property. And thanks for the great info on the history.


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Hi doghouse and ST and thanks for the comments and birthday greeting. Hey ST I thihnk you should send a memo to Hallmark about that idea of yours:-)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Belated happy birthday robie and valentines too! Yes, I did an awwwwww thing reading this one. LOL You are right, know I will not forget your birthday. Hope you had a wonderful time.


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Thanks ripplemaker-- I had a wonderful day-- was with a whole bunch of extended family I don't see too often and that made it nice. I hope that you had lots of love and plenty of chocolate yourself on V-day:-) Thanks for commenting.


mdawson17 7 years ago

I had never really understood what the history of valentines was about however your hub has certainly answered many of my questions about this very special day for my wife and I!

mdawson17


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robie2 7 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by and taking time to read and comment:-)


Matthew 6 years ago

May our celebration everlast! Still seeking that special person though...


elisa 6 years ago

hi, my brother's birthday is on Valentine's day... he will be 22 this year and is actually not very fond of having his day on Valentine's day. he feels like girls (remember he is in the younger dating stage) make the day all about them and he isn't able to have a birthday day all to himself:(. I personally love that his Bday is on Vday, he is such a love bug that is it perfect for him! So, do you have any suggestions on how to make the day extra special for him?!


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robie2 6 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Well, first I think your brother must be a great guy since he was born on such a great day. He just needs to be ok with the fact that although he knows the really big event is his birthday, not everybody does-- the rest of the world thinks it is Valentines Day. He should just pretend they are celebrating his birthday because, in a way they are-- oh yes and to make the day special-- just concentrate on the birthdayness of it not the Valentine aspect-- he's feeling outdone by St. Valentine. Tell him that it could be worse-- he could have been born on Christmas:-)

Happy Valentines Day


Shari 5 years ago

Hi Robie I just came across your article! I loved reading it...My youngest daughter was born on Valentines Day and I agree what a wonderful day to be born on! I call her my most favorite Valentine I ever received :)


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Hi Shari and thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment and I am glad that you have your little valentine. I bet she will enjoy having February 14th as her special day as much as I do.


Melissa P 5 years ago

I share your view also. My birthday is also on valentines day. I love it.


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Happy Birthday MelissaP and thanks for stopping by:-)


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

Happy birthday to you and all the other Valentines. My granddaughter is a Valentine birthday, too-- so was my Mother-in-law, and a cousin and a great-neice. (Are any boys born on that day?) (Oh I just read the post above-- still it seems more like a girl's birthday.)

I have a friend with an older sister born on Feb 14. She always said that having her sis be The Valentine was bad enough, but what made it worse was that my friend was born on Ground Hog's Day.


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Thanks for the birthday wishes Rochelle-- wow you have a lot of Valentine birthdays in your life. I had a next door neighbor for years who was my astro-twin, but have really not known very many -- and your poor friend.... I am cracking up at the idea of having a Groundhog Day birthday.


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

This hub has now become timeless. Every year it will make it's way back. Have a great birthday.


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Thanks Jewels-- I hope you are right-- I wrote it last year and it seems to have made a comeback this year. Happy Valentines Day to you and thanks for stopping by


poo 5 years ago

oh poo


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

well, poo yerownself, poo, and happy Valentines Day


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

Happy Birthday, robie2. Enjoyed this hub and your perspective on the holiday...and what's not to love about Miss Piggy?

So....many years of hearts and chocolates to you!

KSG


aliceyy 4 years ago

my birthday is on Valentines Day too! :D


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Happy Birthday, alice:-) we are astro twins!


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Fantastic Hub Valentine Girl. I had no idea there were three St. Valentines. Hysterical about ending up with a lot of heart shaped items, I hadn't thought of that, but does make for a cheery disposition to year round décor. A perfect birthday/holiday indeed. Happy Birthday robie2!


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Thanks Frieda--I think it is just the best holiday birthday to have( but then I may be just a teensy bit prejudiced:-) Thanks for the birthday wishes


inslady 4 years ago

I, too, am a Valentines birthday girl and will be celebrating my 50th tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder and wonderful attitude about this day that I've only recently come to appreciate! Happy birthday to you!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Just stopped by to wish you many more birthdays and lots of chocolate to sweeten each and every one! ;D


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Happy Birthday inslady and awwww shucks thanks Jama:-)


Bundu Edwin 4 years ago

Happy Birthday to you Robie, My brother is Valentine boy too. so wish y'all Happy Val & HBD!! God Bless you.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey Author

Thank you Bundu-- and thanks for the kind comment too:-)

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