Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Valentines day is back once again...

Valentines day Roses / flower deliveryThere are different opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day though all of us celebrate with Red roses. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine. Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor “Juno”, the Queen of the Roman Gods and the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars and each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar who would then be partners during the festival. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families and Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples. Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavored to do away with Lupercalia and chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration, which then became “Day of lovers” worldwide into modern day Valentines Day and Flowers, esp. Red Roses became popular gift for the day.

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