Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Valentine's Day Old Background

Valentine’s Day! In age-old Rome February 14th was the day for admiration the Goddess Juno the accompaniment of Jupiter and Queen of the Roman pantheon and associated with the Greek Goddess Hera, wife of Zeus. The angelic alliance was captivated in the ages of Gamelion – mid January to mid February. February 15th is the alpha of the Roman anniversary of Lupercalia. Two youths acclimated to run a advance annular the Palatine with strips of goat-hide in their hands. A draft from one of these thongs was believed to aftermath abundance in women.

Valentine’s Day additionally is the aforementioned day apparent for action lovers. It dates aback to Roman times back adolescent boys and girls had to advance austere abstracted lives. But on this day on the eve of the anniversary of Lupercal the names of adolescent girls were accounting and placed in jars. Each adolescent man would draw a girls name and she would again be his accomplice during the continuance of the festival. Sometimes the bond lasted for a year or maybe a lifetime.

Emperor Claudius was a atrocious blood-soaked ruler. Back he could not recruit abundant soldiers for his amaranthine campaigns he abhorrent it on the men not absent to leave their lovers and families. Consequently he annulled all marriages and engagements in Rome. St. Valentine was a Christian priest who secretly got couples married. He was apprehended and jailed. But abounding visited him and showered him with addendum of acceptable wishes and flowers. One of these bodies was the babe of the bastille guard. Afore actuality hauled off to his fate this angelic priest larboard her a agenda thanking her for her abutment and signing it of as ‘Your Valentine’. Finally on the baleful day in February they abject into the attendance of the Prefect of Rome afore actuality clubbed and beheaded. The day of his affliction is acclaimed as Valentine’s Day.

Valentine is the name of several saints of whom two were acclaimed martyrs during the administration of Emperor Claudius. One was a Roman who was dead for abnegation to accord up Christianity. He died on 14th February 269 AD. Their festivals abatement on 14th February. It is a accepted acceptance that on this day birds acquaintance and sweethearts are chosen.. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius apparent February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day in honour of the martyr. In 1969 the Roman Catholic Church formally accustomed eleven martyrs to be honoured by that name on Valentine’s Day.

In advance of time February 14th or Valentine’s Day became the date for exchanging letters of love. St. Valentine became the angel saint of love. Poems and simple ability of flowers were exchanged and there was generally a amusing acquisition like a ball.

There is a attitude abaft the acknowledgment of Valentine’s Day. Hundreds of years ago in England, abounding accouchement dressed up as adults went singing from abode to house. In Wales carved board adulation spoons were gifted. Hearts, keys and keyholes were the advantaged decorations on the spoons. It referred to the unlocking of hearts. In the Middle Ages the adolescent would draw names from a basin and abrasion these on their sleeves for a week, for all to see. During the time of Chaucer acceptable adulatory adulation began to flourish. Chaucer acclimated to spell it as ‘Volantynysday’. He wrote a composition about birds advancing to accept their acquaintance on this day in honour of the assurance amid Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia. In some added countries if adolescent girls retained the allowance that she had accustomed it would beggarly that she agreed to ally him. A accepted acceptance was that if a woman saw a Robin aerial on Valentine’s Day it would announce her alliance with a sailor. Seeing a sparrow meant a blessed abutment with a poor man. Sighting a goldfish meant alliance with a millionaire. In Paris a High Court of Adulation was accustomed on Valentine’s Day 1400 ambidextrous with adulation contracts, betrayals and violence. Women on the base of balladry account called the judges.

Valentine’s Day does not assume to be bedfast alone to western culture. In China The Night of the Sevens is committed to Love. In Japan and Korea a day accepted as White Day is acclaimed a day afterwards Valentine’s Day in account of the adolescent and love.

In USA Miss Esther Howland was the aboriginal one to accelerate a Valentine’s card. Her ancestor endemic a jotter abundance and sales boomed. During the 19th aeon bartering valentines came to be introduced. Today the day and date agency big business. Even accouchement are exchanging cards at school. Since 2001 Greeting Agenda Association has started giving an anniversary award-winning –Esther Howland Award – for the best avant-garde card.

There are ability abounding to allure the bemused adolescent and it is a division for cards. Afterwards Christmas this is the time for agenda manufacturers to accomplish hay. They accept actual cleverly manipulated a aftertaste for the Valentine Day’s ability into a all-around market. Ability are no best simple. The design industry has started affairs itself and others are not larboard behind. All this set off ripples of anti-Valentine’s Day protests in acceptable pockets of the world. A contempo trend is to mark February 14th as Single Awareness Day.

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