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Hey guys, Happy Valentine’s Day. And today I’m going to share with you the whole story of what, why and who celebrate Valentine’s Day in the US. It’s pretty common for us, Brazilian people, to refer to Valentine’s Day as Dia dos Namorados because we always see a lot of hearts, flowers, everything is red and pink, cards (lots of cards), cupids, teddy bears… but the truth is: ok, couples do celebrate Valentine’s Day with all these things, plus jewelry, lingerie, dinner and expensive gifts but it’s important to emphasize that not only couples celebrate it, but also kids, teachers, relatives, friends….
Yeah, Valentine’s Day is much more than a simple romantic relationship date. Ok, do you wanna know why this name? Why Valentine? Who was Valentine? Let’s check the story and just for the records, I got it at kiddyhouse.com/valentines ok? It was the easiest and most interesting story I’ve found:
Legend has it that Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D (guys – A.D. stands confusingly for a Latin phrase: anno domini – in “in the year of the Lord”—the year Jesus was born), so, in about the year 270 A.D. a time when the early Christian church was subjected to significant persecution.
Valentine’s role as a Priest was to help Christians to escape persecution, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time.
While records are scarce it seems that Valentine’s persecution as a Christian included his interrogation by the then Roman Emperor, Claudius II. Finding Valentine an erudite, intelligent man, he attempted to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to not only save his life but then use him as a powerful foe for the rapidly growing Christian movement. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed.
It’s fair to ask at this point: “Why was Valentine made a saint?” Well, while he was jailed awaiting execution, the legend was born that he performed a miracle by curing the blindness of Julia, the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Julia and all of her father’s household, family and servants, came to believe in Jesus Christ and were baptized by Valentine.
Father Valentine is said to have secretly performed many Christian weddings for Roman soldiers, who were actually forbidden to marry. Roman Emperor Claudius II believed that married men made bad soldiers.
Another legend according to St Valentine is his wish to remind the soldiers of God’s love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians, he is said to have cut hearts from parchment, giving them to the soldiers. This is possibly the origin of the modern tradition of hearts representing love, and especially used on cards and gifts for Valentine’s Day on February 14th, his Saint’s Day.
The further folklore surrounding Saint Valentine has it that on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the very first Valentine’s card himself, and gave it to the daughter of his jailer Asterius, who was now no longer blind, signing as “Your Valentine”! This, of course, is the expression we now use today, usually when sending an anonymous card.
As stated earlier, records are scarce and quite a number of other explanations have been given for the origins of Valentine’s Day.
Ok, guys… but why do kids, teachers, relatives, friends… also, celebrate Valentine’s Day? Because that’s actually a wonderful opportunity you have to show appreciation for other people you love. It’s never too early to help kids express their love and friendship in ways that transcend materialism. Teachers usually encourage them to draw nice things, write cards or send a message to someone they love. Teaching the meaning of love, creating loving memories with children, and spending unhurried family time together is truly more valuable than any gift you can buy. Valentine’s Day is a good place to start.
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