Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery.
The history of Valentine's Day - and its patron saint - is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition s .
The history of St.Valentine’s day Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III
According to one very popular legend, Valentine was a priest in Rome who lived during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius recruited soldiers to take part into several bloody battles. He cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine - a romantic at heart priest secretly arranged marriages of young men and women. When Valentine's defiance was discovered by the Emperor, he was brutally beaten up and put to death on February 14, about 270 AD.
Another famous legend says that Valentine was an early Christian in Rome who was very popular among children. Emperor Claudius II put him into prison for disseminating Christianity in Rome. When he was in prison he was missed a lot by children. They began to toss loving notes and flowers between the bars of his cell window. To an extent, this legend may explain the tradition of exchanging notes and flowers on Valentine's Day.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.
Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.
There are several symbols attached to the romantic festival of Valentine's Day. The most commonly attached Valentine's Day Symbols include Roses , Hearts , Cupid , Lovebirds and Dove besides Love Knots and Laces .
Friends Forever Are we friends, Are we not. You told me once, but I forgot. So tell me now and tell me true, So I can say I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you. I'll give the angels back their wings, And risk the loss of everything. Just to prove my friendship is true, Just to have a friend like you.
My Valentine Valentines is near Just wishing you were here You will always be near My heart will never be the same Beneath my skin, my soul lies waiting for you Everyday I think of you I feel blue Never give up hope Remembering the first kiss All I ask is to be with you And for you to be my Valentine For I will always cherish your heart in mine.