What Remains...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

There's this prevailing notion that Valetine's Day is all about doing romantic things with your loved one. Now, don't get me wrong. I love Valentine's Day as much as any other teenager. I find myself eating chocolate like it's Halloween, which suits me just fine because chocolate is so tasty. However, when you actually research the origins of Valentine's Day, it's something completely different than what it's become now. 

The romantic (albeit wrong) story about the origins Valentine's Day goes like this: A priest named Valentine refused to obey the law of Roman Emperor Cladius II. The law stated that young men could not marry because married men did not make good soldiers. However, Valentine still clandestinely performed marriage rites for young men. The emperor found out and Valentine was jailed. Valentine's Day was created to celebrate the actions of Valentine. 

However, the real origin of Valentine's Day traces back to 469 A.D when Pope Gelasius I established the holiday, honoring one or more Christian martyrs with the name, Valentine. Originally, there were no romantic connotations of Valentine's Day and love. However, in the 14th century, the holiday started being connected with ideas of love. A century later, the holiday had evolved into a day where lovers expressed their love for each other. 

So, why am I writing about this? I think, in my usual long-winded way, that I'm saying that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just about flowers, confections, and romantic letters to your loved one. 

So yeah... That's my thoughts on Valentine's Day now. Share the love! (Even if it isn't Valentine's Day)


P.S The flowers actually aren't Valentine's Day flowers... I took pictures of this flower bouquet/arrangement but I never got the chance to process the pictures. The pictures turned out to be a nice accompaniment to this post, so here it is. 

Note: Research done on Wikipedia. I'm such a good researcher... Actually, I just didn't feel like going on Facts on File. 

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