Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. Commonly known as Valentine’s Day today, it is celebrated in many countries around the world.
Although Valentine’s day is not a public holiday, it remains one of the most popular and commercialized days of the year. However it wasn’t always like that, it first began as a liturgical celebration of a Christian saint named Valentinus. While there are many tales and stories of what happened, the most popular one associated with Saint Valentine was that he was thrown in prison for presiding over the weddings of soldiers who were explicitly forbidden to marry, and also for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the rule of the Roman Empire. During his incarceration, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius and before his execution, according to legend, he wrote, “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.
The day’s association with romantic love grew in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion for giving jewelry. That’s right…men all over the world, thank the diamond industry!
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children.
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