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The 14th of February is a day that is celebrated all over the world. As it is known as, Valentine's day. It is said to be a day for loved ones where people celebrate with their loved ones. Standard practice involves having a red theme, sharing chocolates, flowers and other gifts with those closest to us. However, in this article, we delve deeper into Valentine's day, how it came to be and everything around it. A lot of mystery revolves around the true origin of this day, and it combines some aspects of Christianity and some Ancient Roman tradition.
The history around it originates from a Roman festival that was referred to as Lupercalia. Some of the rites associated with the festival included fertility rituals and random matching of males and females compared to the modern-day lottery. It also marked the beginning of spring. As the 5th century neared its end, the pope replaced the festival with what we now refer to as St. Valentine's day. The is believed to have come from the celebration of the life of two men who went by the name Valentine, martyrs executed by the Emperor around the 3rd Century AD. This is as per the Roman Catholic theories. They celebrate at least three different people called Valentine as martyrs. The martyrs had some affiliation to love stories, one having written a letter to his jailer's daughter and signing off as your Valentine.
The timing is said to have replaced the Lupercalia festival to diminish its seemingly pagan nature and replace it with a more meaningful day. Another theory is that the 14th of February marked the premiere of birds mating, which further fuelled the day's association with love and romance. In a poem, a poet, Geoffrey Chaucer referred to the birds' mating, a fowl, in particular, quoting, ''When every foul cometh there to choose his mate" This added some association of the day with romance.
As the years went by, Valentine's day gained more recognition and a stronger association with love. During the middle-ages, people started sharing handmade cards on Valentine's day, which evolved to better factory-made alternatives after the industrial revolution. Today, many businesses make profits in commemoration of this glorious day, with people spending loads of money on dates and gifts throughout the world. Valentine's day greetings are familiar with people wishing each other Happy Valentine every year on the 14th of February. The same message appears on greeting cards and other tokens of appreciation shared during this day.
Why red? Many people ask. There is no definite explanation for this theory despite being the most visual difference between Valentine's day and other days. However, the common belief is that the red colour represents the colour of blood in a beating heart, and people are said to love earnestly from the heart. More like, as long as the heart was still beating and pumping rich red blood, the love will always be there. There is no confirmation to this, but it has become a tradition and a unique way to celebrate this day.