After Man, After God, or After Commercialization?

Valentine’s day, also known as Singles awareness day

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A holiday that comes once a year, a night known for extravagance that romantics to dream of.

Others like greeting card creators, florists, and confectioneries alike see this day as their chance to turn profit. The reason: Stigma surrounding Valentine’s day, and the expectations held for just one day.

 

I asked myself “What is valentine’s day, and why is it celebrated as so?” and did research on the origins of Valentine’s day…. Other than the commercialization.

 

Stvalentinesday.org says that “Historians trace the origin of Valentine’s Day to ancient Roman Empire. It is said that in the Rome of ancient times people observed a holiday on February 14th to honor Juno – the Queen of Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also regarded Juno as the Goddess of Women and Marriage.”

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I’m still not sure if it is a holiday because of gods, because of a man, or due to commercialization in recent years.

 

“A romantic at heart priest of Rome Saint Valentine defied Claudius’s unjustified order. Along with Saint Marius, St Valentine secretly married couples.” continued Stvalentinesday.org, “When his defiance was discovered, Valentine was brutally beaten and put to death on February 14, about 270 AD. After his death Valentine was named a Saint. “

 

This is a man who believed in humans, and their love for eachother to the point that when marriage was banned he would marry them anyways believing that it’s worth the danger to see those in love be together in bonds of matrimony.

 

This means the origin of the February 14 holiday celebrated as “St. Valentine’s Day” celebrates the gods of marriage, and the belief that marriage and being with the one you love is more important than life. Do you believe that love conquers all.

 

This begs the question — what… or who do you stand for and how far will you go to protect it?

 

http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day

http://www.stvalentinesday.org/history-of-st-valentines-day.html

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