Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on 14th February. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

 

History

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The history of Valentine’s Day goes all the way back to Ancient Rome, Lupercalia festival, between the 13th and 15th February, for its archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

Romantic Connection:  In the ancient Athenian calendar the period between mid-January and mid-February was the month of Gamelion, dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity, but was outlawed, as it was deemed when Pope Gelasius declared 14th February St. Valentine’s Day in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that 14th February was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, which commences:

“Je suis desja d’amour tanné
Ma tres doulce Valentinée…”

— Charles d’Orléans, Rondeau VI, lines 1–2

 

As the years went on, the holiday became sweeter, with William Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticizing it in their work.

Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, around 1600–1601

“To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.” 

— William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

 

Handmade paper cards became the tokens of the day.

Esther Howland Valentine, circa 1850: “Weddings now are all the go, Will you marry me or no”?

 

Valentine’s Poem

“I love you for a life time

Not only for a day

I love you for who you are,

not what you do or say.”

– Belinda Galea

 

 

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In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.

 

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