Why We Celebrate Valentine Day On 14 February? Various stories run around the origin of Valentine’s Day. Let’s know about Valentine.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February every year. On this special day, couples in love express their love through wishes, gifts, and greetings.
As per the sayings, Valentine’s Day has an association with the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which used to be celebrated in February and was dedicated to fertility and togetherness of men and women through lottery.
Pope Gelasius I later banned this celebration. It is believed that the decision was taken to replacing it with St. Valentine’s Day but we do not have any proof of that.
Why We Celebrate Valentine Day On 14 February?
What we do know is that the existence of Valentine’s Day was not before the 14th century. Various stories are running around the origin of Valentine’s Day.
According to a report by britannica.com, the day took its name from a priest who was executed by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus in 270 CE because he used to wed young soldiers against the emperor’s orders to spare them from war. “He had signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and, by some accounts, healed from blindness.”
Some lovers believe that the day got its name from St. Valentine of Terni, who was a bishop. It is said that these two saints can be one person. According to legends, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as Valentine’s Day in honour of the deceased St. Valentine in the 5th century AD.
However, it took a long time for people to consider it a romantic holiday. In the 14th century, Europeans started confessing their love for each other. on this day. Later in the 16th century, people started to exchange letters and cards to express their love on Valentine’s Day. The USA picked up this trend soon after that and since then 14th February is globally celebrated as Valentine’s Day.