Valentines day, where does it really come from?

A lot of us are feelin the season now. Season of love. As February 14 approaches, a lot of people are tryin to fall in love aight or keepin the love hmm shall I say to the next level.. I know everybody has this feelin’ inside them, but see this month love means something more special. Roses, chocolates, stuff toys are most common things you will see around you. Valentines party and events are happening in every corner. But as the years go by, the real meaning of Valentines vanished, as I observed. It became more commercialized just like Christmas and New Year.

But let’s try to see the history of this wonderful event…

Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

An alternative theory from Belarus states that the holiday originates from the story of Saint Valentine, who upon rejection by his mistress was so heartbroken that he took a knife to his chest and sent her his still-beating heart as a token of his undying love for her. Hence, heart-shaped cards are now sent as a tribute to his overwhelming passion and suffering.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th-century America was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States.

Source: Wikipedia

So I hope this information helps…

Advance happy valentines…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dong ho
    Feb 13, 2009 @ 07:26:23

    those are really good facts. we get to see where it originated and how it evolved.

    happy hearts day!

    Reply

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