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What is the history behind the celebration of Valentine's day?

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Asked by hitler, 13 Feb '11 06:24 pm
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The Story behind St. Valentines Day is a fascinating one. Although February 14th is celebrated as a lovers' holiday today, with the giving of candy, flowers, Valentine's Day card and other gifts between couples in love, it originated as a tribute to St. Valentine, a Catholic bishop.

As early as the fourth century B.C., the Romans engaged in an annual young man's rite of passage to the God Lupercus. It's earliest orgin was the Roman festival Lupercalia, observed on Feb. 15. Lupercalia celebrated the coming of Spring on the Roman calendar. Lupercalia became a celebration intended to ensure the fertility of flocks, fields and people.

The names of the teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men; thus, a man was assigned a woman companion (a sexual partner) for the duration of the year, after which another lottery was staged. After eight hundred years of this cruel practice, the early church fathers sought to end this practice.

In an effort to do away w ...more
Answered by paaruul advani, 13 Feb '11 06:27 pm

 
  
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It is British History
Answered by Surender Rao, 13 Feb '11 06:27 pm

 
  
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Claudius IIWhen Claudius II met Valentine, he was said to have been impressed by the dignity and conviction of the latter. However, Valentine refused to agree with the emperor regarding the ban on marriage. It is also said that the emperor tried to convert Valentine to the Roman gods but was unsuccesful in his efforts. Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully. This angered Claudius II who gave the order of execution of Valentine.

Meanwhile, a deep friendship had been formed between Valentine and Asterius' daughter. It caused great grief to the young girl to hear of his friend's imminent death. It is said that just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her "From Your Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after. As per another legend, Valentine fell in love with the daughter of his jailer during his imprisonment. However, this legend is not gi ...more
Answered by anil garg, 27 May '12 02:14 pm

 
  
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Hmm..go on my blog
http://fsquarefashion.com/2012/01/valentines-day-history-the-hi story-behind-st-valentines-day/
Source: http://fsquarefashion.com/2012/01/valentines-day-history-the-history-behind-st-valentines-day/
Answered by heena dahiya, 30 Jan '12 02:39 pm

 
  
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