Valentines Day History / Wiki: Saint Valentine’s Day is known as Valentine’s Day all over the world. It is celebrated for Saint Valentine on February 14 each year. February 14 is fixed for Valentines Day every year. Though it is celebrated in many countries around the world unfortunately although it remains a working day in most of the countries. because Govt has not officially given any importance.
It began as a liturgical celebration of Christian saint named Valentinus.
Contemporary romantic associations have been included several generations later on by the poets. A number of martyrdom tales had been created for the several Valentines which belonged to Feb 14 and included in the later martyrologies.
One particular tale says that he had been jailed with regard to accomplishing marriage ceremonies for soldiers who were not allowed to get married and for ministering to Christians and was under the Roman Empire. One more story claims that during his imprisonment he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius.
Yet another report states that prior to his execution he had written her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a goodbye. Right now Saint Valentines Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and also in the Lutheran Church.
The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentines Day, although on July 6th and July 30th, the actual day in honor of Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is celebrated on June 12 each year.
The day was initially related to romantic love in the in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love blossomed. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).
Valentines Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.