Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A History of Sorts

Valentine Day History

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.


Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.



In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

When Jerry and I moved into this house and fixed up Mama Currys room. I have always called it that. I have hers and Papa Currys bedroom suit in her room. I found a little Valentine that was from my Mother to Zach . I covereed it front and back with heavy plastic like a drivers lisense. The proper place for this little Valentine is on the Dresser stool. It says to Zach from Mema and I always think of them both when I see it.

De'on Miller said...

There are some things from her to me in my Panama box.

aunt karen said...

The Language of Roses
Expert advice from 1-800-flowers

Most people choose roses with a favorite color in mind. There's nothing wrong with just going with what you like, but over the centuries each color and combination has come to represent a different variety and intensity of sentiment. Here are a few examples to keep in mind this Valentines Day and on other occasions.

Red Says Romance
The red rose tells your valentine, "I love you." A vibrant and dramatic color, it stands for romance and passion. It's the perfect choice for your true love, the love of a lifetime or someone you want to get the messsage that it's time to get serious.

White Says Innocence
A white rose tells your angel of a valentine that they're simply "heavenly", and it's a great color choice for the romantic in your life. White roses also stand for innocence, which makes it a perfect color choice for dads to give daughters or sons to their moms.

Pink Says Grace
Send deep pink roses and you're telling that someone special you appreciate their graceful style and gentle nature. Send them light pink roses and you're saying,"I really admire you". This rose color is the right choice to send to someone with love "from your secret admirer."

Yellow Says Friendship
Bright, sunny yellow roses symbolize friendship, affection and joy. Send your best friend a bunch of these stunning blooms with a card that says, "You'll be my best friend forever".

Julie Mulligan- Floral Expert