There are several “martyrs” associated with the name “Valentine”. It is not known for sure whether “Valentines” day resulted from Valentine of Terni or Valentine of Rome. According to Wikipedia, Valentines Day was celebrated for both of theses saints, however there are legends that one performed Christian weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and the other one was supposed to have healed the jailers blind daughter and sent her a letter signed “you valentine” before he was executed.
Over the years “Valentines Day” has been celebrated as a day for lovers, a day to shower the one you love with hearts, flowers, cards and candies to show your love and devotion. One of these “martyrs” was said to have cut out paper hearts and gave them out to people.
Wikipedia states that “While the European folk traditions connected with Saint Valentine and St. Valentine’s Day have become marginalized by the modern Anglo-American customs connecting the day with romantic love, there are some remaining associations connecting the saint with the advent of spring.
While the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK, Valentine’s Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England. In Norfolk, a character called ‘Jack’ Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children. Although he was leaving treats, many children were scared of this mystical person.
In Slovenia, Saint Valentine or Zdravko was one of the saints of spring, the saint of good health and the patron of beekeepers and pilgrims. A proverb says that “Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots”. Plants and flowers start to grow on this day. …It has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences. In some places (especially White Carniola), Saint Valentine marks the beginning of spring.
Valentine’s Day has only recently been celebrated as the day of love. The day of love was traditionally March 12, the Saint Gregory’s day, or February 22, Saint Vincent’s Day. The patron of love was Saint Anthony, whose day has been celebrated on June “
I remember when I was younger, in grade school, we always made a box to receive our valentines from our classmates and passed out our own to the whole class. Many schools have done away with this, suggesting it is improper to be sending hearts and flowery cards to members of the class, that it, in fact violates the “n on-gender” specifics and could result in being classified as sexual harassment.
It saddens me that our education systems have become so evil, that they have let many of the subjects you and I studied fall by the wayside for subjects that they deem are more important, like teaching young children what sexual position is the best, how to protect yourself from STD’s and introducing non Christian teachings such as Islam when they won’t even allow any Christian subjects to be studied. It saddens me that children are longer able to be “children” having fun with days like this.
It is understandable why so many people have turned to home schooling, private and parochial schools. We didn’t study about anything to do with procreation until the end of Junior High and even then it was more about the anatomy of each gender, not about the best way to have intercourse.
Truthfully, society today disgust me. I guess that is why I don’t socialize much, why I stay mostly to myself. I have friends and family members I see or talk to several times a week, so I am not a hermit, but as far as general society events, I stay clear, just as I stay clear of political discussions as well.
Whether Valentine’s Day is an acceptable Holiday is up to the individual. It is a day that people celebrate the love they have for each other, mothers, fathers, friends, spouses, fiance’s etc. all use this day as a special day to show their love. What could be better than celebrating love, the one thing that is universal and specifically originated with God.