Ever since you were 17 (for some even before that) this day has been an important part of your life. You have somebody to impress, satisfy or astonish. This is the day when you feel like you are one of those Shakespearean characters. This is the day cupid runs to borrow arrows! Yes the Valentine’s Day. Some of you high on philosophy might say “I DON’T NEED A DAY TO SHOW MY LOVE”. Well.. Try telling that to your girlfriend and stay unharmed! Well… What is really wrong in having a day to cherish the love that surrounds you. Any good thing should be celebrated.
So we all have had the taste of February 14. But why that date? And why the name Valentine’s Day? It’s history is actually a legend.
It is believed that there lived a Catholic Priest, St. Valentine, in Rome during the third century. During this period many Romans were converting to Christianity, but Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and he believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome. He thought marriage would make them vulnerable and passed a law preventing them from marrying. But St. Valentine helped them get married in secret and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love. Eventually he was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While in jail, Valentine took care of his fellow prisoners and also his jailer’s blind daughter. It is said that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and just before his execution on February 14, he wrote her a message of love signed ‘From Your Valentine’.
It took another 200 years to proclaim February 14 as Valentine’s Day. By this time, Rome was completely Christian and the Catholic Church was determined to shed out any remaining traces of paganism. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February every year but the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. From there it has evolved and evolved taking the modern shape of Valentine’s Day.
Every great revolution has martyrs we should be thankful for. Love too has one. If St. Valentine gets a chance to come back to Earth one more time, he wouldn’t be disappointed with what he sees. Love is cherished and embraced. He would greatly smile knowing his efforts wasn’t for nothing. Let’s keep him smiling…