Valentines Day In The Past and Present

Valentines Day In The Past and Present

On February 14th it is Valentines Day once again. We celebrate this special day with so many others from around the world. Have you ever wondered where this special holiday cam from? I am going to help you with this question. The story of Valentines Day began during the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire held a festival every February. The new Emperor Claudius changed all of this when he took the throne. He feared men would not want to leave their wives and fight at war, so he outlawed marriages. No marriages meant no wives to leave behind, so the men could go and fight freely. People still fell in love anyway and wanted to be married. They went to the Catholic Bishop Valentine. Valentine believed in love and marriage and secretly married all the couples. When The Emperor heard of this betrayal by Valentine, he was fighting mad. He ordered Valentine jailed and put to death by beheading him. While in jail Valentine fell in love with his jailers daughter. They would secretly pass notes and letters between them. The day Valentine was beheaded he wrote one last note and signed it from your Valentine.

In 496 A.D. Christianity had took over Rome and the pagen Lupercian Festival was done away with. The Pope Gelasius looked to replace it with something more fitting, and he set aside a day in February to honor the martyr Saint Valentine. In 1969 the church moved to away with Saint Valentines Day on it's calendar. Valentines Day is better known for it's traditional card sending and giving. The Tradition is believed to have began when Valentine and the jailers daghter began exchanging notes and letters, while he was in jail. Other origins also exist for Valentines Day. Children used to sent notes to Valentine when he was in jail. After the death of Valentine , children still left notes in his cell. Other stories stem from London. by a French Count who was captured. However it started, one thing is for sure it is widely celebrated today from around the world.

Over 1 billion people send and receive cards every year on Valentines Day. Valentines Day is the second largest holiday of the year, where so many cards are exchanged. Valentines Day symbols are all over in the first few weeks of February. Red Roses are another symbol of Valentines day. They are seen and sold almost everywhere on Valentines Day. The Red Rose was sacred to the Goddess of Love Venus. Cupid was the son of Venus. It was once believed that the symbol of a Heart, was the symbol of all emotion. When a Heart was given that was the strongest emotion of all. Cupid was the God the symbol of Love.

There are so many other customs of giving on Valentines Day. Both past and present. They are hearts, candy, cards, flowers, and kisses. Doves and Love Birds are said to mate for life and they choose their mates in February. Many people get married, remarried and engaged on Valentines Day It is a great way not to forget your anniversary.

However you decide to spend it. Enjoy Your Valentines DAY.

By Rhonda G. Waits 1/12/11


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

You've got my vote of approval, great gift ideas for the special day of love, Valentines Day. I like the hearts, so sweet. thanks for the awesome collection of gifts! :) Katie


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Katie for your comment and your vote. I am glad you enjoyed my hub as always thanks for dropping by.


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

If those are the gifts you recommend... Will you please be my valentine and parcel the love? :P

Well done my friend. :D


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Madurai 5 years ago from Online

Another one month is there to think of this occasion. It will be hot during the second week of February...


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Great gift ideas for Valentines Day.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks QudsiaP1 for your comment. I do sometimes sale these expensive gifts, at this time of year. Thanks Valentine. LOL Thanks for stopping by my my friend.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Mudurai for your comment. Yes things will be hopping in February. Thanks for dropping by my hubs.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks katrinasui for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed my hub and gift ideas. Thanks as always for dropping by.


shygirl2 5 years ago

Oh, I'm such a sucker for romance! Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub with us! :D


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks shygirl2 for your delightful comment. I am also a sucker for romance. Thanks for dropping by my hubs.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya my dear friend Rhonda, this is a wonderful reminder that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I love the way you weave the history of how we came about celebrating Valentine's Day. I love red roses.. I just want one.. is that too much to ask? (sob) hugsss

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Rosie for your beautiful comment. I hope you get red roses for Valentines Day. Thanks for always leaving a sweet comment.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Rhonda, poor Valentine, it find his own true love at such an inconvenient time. At least he found love. It really is a tragically romantic story. Let's see, if I were to choose a Valentines's gift from you wonderful selection I believe I would choose the Diamond Heart Pendant. Great job.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals for your beautiful comment. Yes it is tragic about Valentine, and it is also beautiful. I love the Diamond Heart Pendant as well. Thanks so much for dropping by.


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Glemoh101 5 years ago

thanks for your useful hub , i share it with friends on facebook and rated it as useful.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Glemoh101 for your comment. Feel free too share any of my articles on Facebook that you like. I am glad you found my hub useful. Thanks for stopping by my hubs.


Jillian Willis 5 years ago

I love Valentines Day. I gonna see if my husband will get me the Heart pendant.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Jillian for your comment. I hope your spouse gets you the pendant.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, I love your information about the history of Valentines Day. I really appreciate your work to made this so beautiful and easy to be read. February come so fast, where many people wait this months to share their love. But the most important things is how we share our love everyday not just on Valentines Days, right. Thanks for writing this. Valentines Days always beautiful indeed, including this hub. Vote up! Cheers...

Blessing and hugs,


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks prasetio30 for your delightful comment. I always try to give as much information as possible to my readers. I also want to make it interesting and informative. Yes I love valentines Day, But we need to celebrate our love everyday. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


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Ladybird33 5 years ago from Georgia USA

First, great hub, second Happy Valentine's Day. I learned a lot and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us. all my best!


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Ladybird33 for your very nice comment. Happy Valentines Day to you as well. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for dropping by and have a great day.


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xixi12 5 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

Wow! great hub, this is some great knowledge shared. Never really knew all the story associated with valentines day, all i knew was he was a saint. lol. Thanks for sharing


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks xixi12 for your comment. Yes Valentines Day and how it came to be is interesting. Thanks for leaving a comment. It is most appreciated.


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Mandeeadair 5 years ago from California

great hub! I never knew the story of Valentine's Day! Thank you.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Mandeeadair for your delightful comment. I appreciate you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.


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drdspervez 5 years ago from Pakistan

Rhonda Waits ! It's a nice hub and I like the idea of giving expensive and precious gift to each other.

DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks drdspervez for your delightful comment. I agree, I love expensive and precious gifts also. Have a happy Valentines Day.


Eric Musch 5 years ago

Such a greta interesting story and hub. I love Valentines Day, as long as I can spend it with my sweety.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Eric for your beautiful comment.


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

I will have to say I have never researched where Valentine's Day started, very cool. Excellent gift ideas as well, thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and beautiful...


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks MyMastiffPuppies for your great comment. I am glad you enjoyed my article. Thanks for your votes. Have a nice day.


EricJM 5 years ago

Such great history on Valentines Day past and present. I never knew the story. Wow this is awesome. Great writting enjoyed it.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks EricJM for your delightful comment. Yes Valentines Day is is and interesting story of how it begun. I am glad you enjoyed my article. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment. Your comment is most appreciated.


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Jennifer Lynch 5 years ago from Stowmarket, Suffolk.

I love this great. I didn't know the history so very interesting and well written. I wonder if I will get one this year!


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast Author

Thanks Jennifer for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed my article on Valentines Day. Yes you will be remembered on Valentines Day. I will remember you.

Have a great day

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