Valentine’s Day is celebrated on every 14th February as a day of romance, love and appreciation. The day is commemorated in honour of Christian martyr St. Valentine. During the day, cards, flowers, gifts and other items are exchanged between loved ones.
1.The Story of Valentine
The actual story behind Valentine’s Day celebration has been told in different accounts. One such account is a Roman Priest named Valentine was killed as he tried helping Christians who were imprisoned by the Romans. While in prison, he fell in love with a young girl who usually visited him. So before his death, he wrote a letter to the young lady and signed it using the expression “From Your Valentine”.
2. Another Account of Valentine’s Day
Some people believe that Christine celebrated Valentine’s Day as a replacement for the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. The Lupercalia was celebrated on 15th February as a fertility festival for the Roman god of agriculture, Faunus and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
3. Declaration of Valentine’s Day
Pope Gelasius declared 14th February as Valentine ’s Day during the 5th century. It came to end the celebration of Lupercalia as it was deemed unchristian. Later the days was associated with love and romance. 14th February was presume as the day of the beginning of birds mating season in England and France, hence the attaching of romance to the day.
4. How People Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day has become very popular across the world. Some countries commemorate the day as a holiday. It is estimated that more than 150 million cards are exchanged during the day in America and more than 1 billion worldwide. This makes it second to Christmas, in terms of sharing of cards.
5. Recent Time Celebration of Valentine
The romance aspect of Valentine’s Day has taken the centre stage of recent celebrations. Many people especially the day uses the day as a prescribed day for sexual encounters. Promiscuity becomes the order of the day during Valentine Day Celebration.
6. Business Aspect of Valentines Day
Many people have also cash in from Valentine’s Day celebration through event organising. Many organisations, hotels, and individuals take advantage of the day to organise couples night and other programs related to love.
7. Colours for Valentine’s Day
The colour red, white and pink has been associated with Valentine ’s Day since time immemorial. Red is mostly associate with love, death and war. The pink is also the combination of red and white.