Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentines Day, The Real Meaning , Febrauary 14th, Valentines Real History

Valentine – is really meant to say – lovely, loving, lovable, C’est amour! And so on. It is not only meant for the Lovers, but as well to express the true love for your brother’s, Sisters and Parents too. The real history is bit different, though in the modern times it meant to mean only for Love (A boy and A Girl), this is due to the media and other business reasons the world Valentine, has been changed. Though the history states that it the secret love, it meant to say that the soldiers who were in the battle field had to miss their family, wife and children, till the peace comes. So the Valentines Day was formed, that to express their love to their parents, brothers, sisters, children (Son’s and Daughters) and friends.

Valentine's day isn't just for couples,It's for friends too....It's a special day set aside,To say thanks for all you do,And to let you know how grateful I am,To have a friend like you....There have been many times,That you were always there,Without a moment of hesitation,With a caring heart so rare,To show me support and friendship too....My life has been touched by the Angel in you.

The Real History of Valentines Day ( An Extract)

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Happy Valentine's Day!

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