Welcome to your first Wednesday Discussion column! Today we want to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, which is our topic for today. Click continue reading to read more!
Valentines Day, which is celebrated on February 14th, was traditionally a feast to celebrate Saint Valentine. In fact, it is still an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church! Saint Valentine was a Roman Saint who was martyred, or put to death. The story goes that he was executed because he was marrying soldiers. At the time, it was illegal for a soldier to marry. While he was in prison, he supposedly gave the daughter of the judge, who was blind, her sight back. Before he was executed- on February 14th- he wrote a letter to the judge’s daughter. It was signed “Your Valentine.”
The date did not start to become affiliated with romantic love until the 14th century, in the time where courtly love started to grow popular. Courtly love was the concept, in literature, of love that focused attention on nobility and chivalry.
The holiday grew even more popular and expanded even more in the 18th century, in England. The date became a day where lovers would express affection for each other. They would do so by sending gifts of flowers, cards called valentines, and confectioneries. Sound familiar? If it does, that is because today, people still give each other cards, bouquets, and chocolate!
Symbols of Valentine’s day include hearts, doves and Cupid. In Roman Mythology, he was the god of love and affection, and was the son of Venus. In fact, you can get the Cupid role until February 2018 by spending rebelcash on it in our Discord server!
Valentine’s day has changed over the years, and we want to know…
What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
Do you think Valentine’s Day is an important holiday?
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?
-Danielle from the Discussions Team ♥