”What Is Valentine’s Day And How Did It Start? ”

”All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz”

Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection, and friendship. It is celebrated in many ways worldwide and falls on February 14 each year.

What Do People Do?

”Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” Thomas Merton

Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.

It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. For example, Valentine’s Day in Finland refers to “Friend’s day”, which is more about remembering all friends rather than focusing solely on romance. Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as Day of Love and Friendship). It is similar to Valentine’s Day customs and traditions countries such as the United States but it is also a time for many to show their appreciation for their friends.

Background

The origins of Valentine’s Day are not clear but many sources believe that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE. How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery but one theory is that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.

The ancient ceremony included putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would then be paired off until the following year. The Christian church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names in hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew. However, it was once again girls’ names that ended up in the box by the 16th century.

Eventually, the custom of sending anonymous cards or messages to those whom one admired became the accepted way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. There was an increase in interest in Valentine’s Day, first in the United States and then in Canada, in the mid-19th century. Early versions of Valentine cards fashioned of satin and lace and ornamented with flowers, ribbons, and images of cupids or birds appeared in England in the 1880s.

”A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” Frank Morgan

Symbols

Hearts, the colors red and pink, roses, images and statues of cupids, and cupids’ bows and arrows symbolize the feeling of romance and love on Valentine’s Day. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are sometimes said to be “struck by Cupid’s arrow”. The day focuses on love, romance, appreciation, and friendship.

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28 thoughts on “”What Is Valentine’s Day And How Did It Start? ”

    1. Its a mystery haha just kidding…i think it came first to japen and korea, South Korea’s & Japan’s Valentine’s Day celebrations are very similar. On February 14th women give chocolate to men and on March 14th (White Day) men give non-chocolate candy to women. So far very similar to Japan but South Korea also has a day for all the singles that didn’t get any gifts on Valentine’s Day and White Day. On April 14th, “Black Day”, singles go to Korean restaurants and eat noodles with a black sauce to ‘mourn’ their single life.

      The 14th of every month marks a love-related day in Korea. They are: Candle Day, Valentine’s Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day.
      Koreans also celebrate Pepero Day on November 11. On this day young couples give each other Pepero cookies. The date ’11/11′ is intended to resemble the shape of the cookie.
      Taiwan
      Taiwan’s Valentine’s Day Celebrations is also very similar to Japans. The only difference is that on Valentine’s Day the man gives gifts to the women and on March 14th the women give gifts to the men.

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      1. Wow! Thank you so much! This was highly informative! Rofl for April 14th! 😂😂😂
        I wonder how staying single got tabooed. A very interesting subject to research upon! You can rest, I’ll look it up! ☺️😀
        Have a great day!

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  1. I’m not sure if you don’t have the reply option enabled for comments, or if I just didn’t see it, but I wanted to say that your reply about Asian “v-Day”-like traditions was so interesting. I wasn’t aware. Thanks for sharing.

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