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Who On Earth Was Valentine Anyhow?

Author : Annie Peters

My friends all know I am a skeptic. I regularly looked up the chimney to understand if Santa was really coming down. I put adhesive on my tooth to trap the tooth fairy. So it's normal for me to examine Valentine's Day.

Who was St. Valentine and why do we celebrate this day with hearts and flowers and candies and mushy sentimental cards? And now I am more confused than before. Valentine was a widespread name in Italy in ancient times. So there might be uncertainty regarding who was who. But the one we are talking about was a priest, most likely in Rome. He ended up as a martyr due to the fact he refused to follow the Roman Emperor.

A few hundred later Valentine was called a saint by the Roman Catholic Pope. Most likely that it was due to the fact he healed a sightless maiden, it's possible that the jailer's daughter, during his time in prison for refusing to grow to be a pagan.

It appears this Pope was attempting to convert pagans to Christianity and one of the actions he tookdid was to create St. Valentine's Day appropriate inside the middle of 1 of the pagan fertility rituals, the Feast of Lupercalia. Naturally the concept was to crowd out the pagan traditional rites and impress the importance of the Christian holiday instead. Both events had something about romance, love, fertility and commitment.

Where does Cupid get into the scene? My oh my, Cupid was the son of the Goddess of Love, Venus. And so he was component in the pagan celebration. What is the arrow performing inside the hands of the infant cherub? Very well, the original Cupid was obviously a full matured man. The arrow was intended for the heart and soul of his beloved, symbolic of piercing his beloved with the instrument of passion.

It was not until about 500 years later that the lace Valentine cards and sentimental poetry and prose arrived. Giving gifts, akin sweets and flowers, was a method to disclose attachment and appeal. The famous long stemmed roses combine the beauty of the red rose with the pain of the thorn, also implying that pain or injury may accompany closeness.

Every single page I turned led to far more questions. In the twentieth century Pope Pius VI decided Valentine did not actually qualify as a saint so Valentine was demoted. Do not ask me how THAT occurs. The fellow was dead for centuries. He was either saintly then or not. Who can tell today?

Anyway, there is no cartoon of St. Valentine to provide for your sweetheart today, but you'll be able to still discover candies, Cupids, hearts and flowers to disclose your ardor with a Valentine's Day gift.

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