We might relate to Valentine’s day with romance, but the origin of this day is not so romantic. Here’s how the love day came into existence and what made Valentine’s week-long celebration so popular.
The day dedicated to love, Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 of every year. As most of you are aware, the day is generally celebrated to express your love for someone you adore and tell them how special they are to you. With chocolate hearts, flowers, and other gifts, people try to make their s/o special with some sweet gestures a week before the exact day. yes, we are talking about propose day, chocolate day, and others that are celebrated a week before the OG love day. Not only this but in the past few years, the craze of celebrating V-Day as a week-long holiday came into existence. However, not many people know how this concept got so popular.
With chocolate hearts, flowers, and other gifts, people try to make their s/o special with some sweet gestures a week before the exact day.
Well, first of all, if you’re wondering that the celebration of Valentine’s day came into existence with the backstory of a romantic saga, we hate to break it to you but that’s not true. Valentine’s Day is believed to have been first observed in AD 496 by Pope Gelasius I in remembrance of Saint Valentine of Rome, a Christian martyr who passed away on that day in AD 269. The Christian holiday of February 14 honours Saint Valentine, a celebrated Roman saint from the third century. After being discovered marrying Christian couples, Judge Asterius had Valentinus (Saint Valentine) jailed and placed under house arrest.
The backstory of a romantic saga is not as romantic as people think it is.
Helping Christians at the time was viewed as a crime in Rome by Emperor Claudius. Judge begs Valentinus to give his adopted blind daughter her sight back in order to test his trust in Jesus; if Valentinus is successful, Judge will then do whatever he pleases. Although prisoners were freed, Valentinus was once more kidnapped by Rome’s ruler Claudius II. He had to deny his belief in God or face the death penalty, according to Claudius. Valentinus refused the emperor’s order to stop the spread of Christianity. He was thus put to death on February 14, 269 AD, and just before his execution, he sent a letter to a judge’s daughter that was addressed to her as “from your valentine.” This letter was credited with being the source of the modern holiday of Valentine’s Day.
The Christian holiday of February 14 honours Saint Valentine, a celebrated Roman saint from the third century.
However, when it comes to the origin of Valentine’s week, there is nothing but theories that people have to prove a reason for the origin of this new week-long ritual. While some people believe it was the mind of businessmen who wanted to make profits with the gift items that led to the idea of making it a long celebration, others simply have some hilarious reasons.
How are you celebrating Valentine’s day this year?
While we asked people about their beliefs, one of our readers said that Valentine’s Day was first observed around 500 AD, while Valentine’s Week wasn’t established until 2008 as a result of ladies’ dissatisfaction with the single-day celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 14th. They began a week in advance with modest celebrations, but this quickly went viral on social media and is now observed all around the world.