WHY CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY?
Valentine’s Day is a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring – most probably – Saint Valentine of Rome. Valentine was a Christian bishop in the 3rd century A.D., when Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire. According to the legend, Valentine performed weddings and gave the couples flowers of his garden as a present. It was said that his marriages had been very lucky. He was executed on February 14 in 269 A.D.. Pope Celasius I. introduced Valentine’s Day as a memorial day for the Christian Church. Since then, many local blessings for couples have been held.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. In 15th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by sending greeting cards (known as "valentines") and little presents. In the German speaking countries, Valentine’s Day was also called “Vielliebchentag”. People believed the one, a girl had met first on this day, would marry her.
Saint Valentine's Day was exported in the US and is an official feast day in the whole Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. In the late 1940’s, the day was imported to Europe again.
So let‘s welcome Valentine’s Day.
because both lovers have expressed their love with littles Valentines.
Maybe, you will also meet your love on this day.