On valentine's day, we probably either send or receive a valentine from someone it's surprising to know that valentine's day is really founded on the concept of love in marriage do you know why we celebrate valentine's day, the real story, facts and history behind february 14. History of valentines day / lupercalia like many of our modern-day traditions and holidays, valentine's day, celebrated every year on february 14, is very deeply rooted in an original pagan celebration the original pagan celebration was the lupercian festival held feb. History of valentines day - finding true love the history of valentine's day began in the era of courtly traditions the stories of how women were wooed by grand gestures of gallantry flourish in romance novels of today we all wish to be desired -- to be loved and accepted.
History is intertwined with valentines references: frederick douglass was born a slave and separated from his mother as a child theodore roosevelt's wife and mother died on valentine's day in 1884 depressed, he dropped out of new york politics, left his infant daughter with a relative, and went off to. When you think of valentine's day you probably think of flowers, chocolates, and notes sealed with a kiss—not whipping women with dead animals or noel lenski, a historian at the university of colorado at boulder, also points out that there was a kind of matchmaking lottery during the festival. Valentine's day, also called saint valentine's day or the feast of saint valentine, is celebrated annually on february 14 originating as a western christian feast day honoring one or two early.
The history of valentine's day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends valentines galore which st valentine this early pope intended to honor remains a mystery: according to the catholic encyclopedia, there were at least three early christian saints by that name. The whole holiday of valentines day is steeped in the concept of love and what greater love is there than christs love laying down his life for those he loved like so many other holidays, the celebration of this holiday is derived from pagan origin, yet can have great significance and inspiration for the. Valentine's day is not regarded as a particularly pagan holiday, although some of the ideas and practices around it have in this guest post on the agora, james lindenschmidt, a regular contributor on our a sense of place blog, shares some information about the history and origins of the holiday.
Your favorite valentine's day traditions have some pretty unusual origins giving flowers, chocolate, and heart-shaped cards are all common customs on valentine's day but why do we bother with these traditions anyway. The history of valentine's day originates from the fourth century bc, and might have stemed to curbe a cruel practice learn the origin and history of this it is the month associated with valentine's day celebrations we have, time and again, heard the name st valentine being uttered before us in this. Several theories surround the history of valentine's day st valentine's day has roots in several different legends that have found their way to us through the ages one of the earliest popular symbols of valentine's day is cupid, the roman god of love, who is represented by the image of a young boy.
Because st valentine's feast day fell on the 14th of february, the saint soon became the focus of the former pagan festival facts are few but the myths are many that surround the history of valentine's day there are three saints named valentine in the catholic faith - the sole christian faith that. History of valentine's day - great overview from the history channel with a video intro, a biography of st valentine, with holiday customs and lore valentine's day - not what it used to be - check out an easy to read history and lots of interesting fun facts st valentine's day: history of the card. According to historians, valentine's day is a successor of the ancient roman feast of lupercalia dating back to 300bc the priest continued to marry couples who were in love for which he was eventually executed modern history the man famous for sending (supposedly) the first valentine's.
History of valentine's day contents the legend of st valentine origins of valentine's day: a pagan festival in february valentine's day: a day of romance typical valentine's day greetings photo galleries. History of the holidays: history of valentines day chaucer's influence on valentine's day regardless of who the man (or men) was, geoffrey the truth most likely lies somewhere in between all the stories combined yet today, it has evolved into one of the biggest spending holidays of the. A brief history of st valentine's day by tim lambert the romans held a fertility festival called lupercalia in mid february however it's not clear if there is any link between the ancient festival and modern st valentine's day 14 february was not associated with romantic love until the.