Do you know the meaning of Valentine's Day?

By Lynn Adams



On the 14th of February, the world is flooded by hearts, teddy bears and chocolates – and we all know why. Valentine’s Day is one of the most beloved celebrations of the year and most of us truly look forward to it.
If you don’t know exactly where Valentine’s Day comes from, make sure to read on because we have brought together some of the most important things you should definitely know about the history of this wonderful holiday.

  • The roots of what we nowadays call “Valentine’s Day” are related both to Roman celebrations and to the beginnings of Christianity as well. Lupercalia was a Roman tradition that involved having boys drawing girls’ names from an urn on February 14th, every year. The boy and the girl would spend the following day together, in hope of forming a romantic connection.
  • During Claudius II’s reign in Rome, he forbad Christians from getting married. However, Valentinus believed in the power of love and marriage and continued to officiate the ceremonies between those who wanted to become husband and wife.
  • As a result of his “disobedience”, Valentinus was executed on the 14th of February, 270 A.D. However, it wasn’t until much later, in 496, that Pope Gelasius renamed Lupercalia after Saint Valentine, the martyr who died in the name of love.
  • Although Valentine’s Day (or Saint Valentine’s Day) is celebrated mostly throughout the Catholic and Protestant world, there are many other countries that have similar holidays too. From China to France and from India to South Korea, a lot of countries have various customs they follow around the same date as Valentine’s Day.

If you plan on surprising your love with a really special Valentine’s Day gift this year, a heart-shaped, handmade necklace would be a wonderful choice. Come visit Chic Indulgences and take a look at my other creations. They’ll definitely convince you that everything made under the “Chic Indulgences” name is unique, beautiful and genuinely heart-warming – just like your special someone!

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  • The roots of what we nowadays call “Valentine’s Day” are related both to Roman celebrations and to the beginnings of Christianity as well. Lupercalia was a Roman tradition that involved having boys drawing girls’ names from an urn on February 14th, every year. The boy and the girl would spend the following day together, in hope of forming a romantic connection.
  • During Claudius II’s reign in Rome, he forbad Christians from getting married. However, Valentinus believed in the power of love and marriage and continued to officiate the ceremonies between those who wanted to become husband and wife.
  • As a result of his “disobedience”, Valentinus was executed on the 14th of February, 270 A.D. However, it wasn’t until much later, in 496, that Pope Gelasius renamed Lupercalia after Saint Valentine, the martyr who died in the name of love.
  • Although Valentine’s Day (or Saint Valentine’s Day) is celebrated mostly throughout the Catholic and Protestant world, there are many other countries that have similar holidays too. From China to France and from India to South Korea, a lot of countries have various customs they follow around the same date as Valentine’s Day.

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