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The First Valentine's Day

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Saint Valentine's Day, typically referred to as Valentine's Day as well as Feast of Saint Valentine, is experienced on February 14 every year.

It is celebrated in numerous regions all over the world, even though it is still a working day. Right after New Year's Day, it is the most celebrated holiday around the world.

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Amongst the most famous martyr ology linked to Saint Valentine was his imprisonment for conducting wedding ceremonies intended for soldiers who were forbidden to get married and also for ministering to Christian believers, who were persecuted within the Roman Empire.

 

During his imprisonment, he is said to have cured the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend says that prior to his execution he wrote "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her.

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Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, also in the Lutheran Church.

It was first linked to romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Dark Ages, while the tradition of courtly love blossomed. By the fifteenth century, the idea had become a special event by which lovers communicated their passion for each other by offering flowers, offering confectionery, together with sending cards.

Valentine's Day symbols which are usually used nowadays are often the heart-shaped format, doves, and the shape of the winged Cupid. Ever since the nineteenth century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass produced cards.

The first St. Valentine celebrations started from Chaucer's poetry related to "Valentines" back in the fourteenth century before that it didn't have any kind of romantic association’s .

Widespread modern day sources link the day to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays believed to be devoted to fertility and additionally love to St. Valentine's Day. As I said before, prior to Chaucer in the 14th century, there initially were absolutely no links involving the Saints named Valentinus and romantic love. In the ancient Athenian calendar the time period between 15th January and 15 February was the month of Gamelion, devoted to the sacred marriage among Zeus and Hera.

The oldest known valentines in English are in the Paston Letters, written in 1477 by Margery Brewes to her future husband John Paston "my right well-beloved Valentine". 

Valentine's Day is mentioned by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600-1601 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5):

“To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,

All in the morning betime,

And I a maid at your window,

To be your Valentine.

Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,

And dupp'd the chamber-door;

Let in the maid, that out a maid

Never departed more.”

The verse Roses are red echoes conventions traceable as far back as Edmund Spenser's epic The Faerie Queene (1590):

“She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,

And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.”

The modern Valentine's Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784):

“The rose is red, the violet's blue,

The honey's sweet, and so are you.

Thou art my love and I am thine;

I drew thee to my Valentine:

The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou'd be you.”

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