When Did Valentine’s Day Originate?
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Why is Valentine’s Day Celebrated?
Valentine’s Day is a popular day celebrated all over the world every year. Every year, lovers, spouses buy each other gifts. They express their love for each other once again by making gestures. It is a universal day as it includes concepts such as love, loyalty, devotion. Since it corresponds to the most basic emotional needs of human beings, it is a concept that is widely adopted by almost everyone.
Of course, this day also has a commercial dimension. Sales of brands increase all over the world. People who want to buy gifts for their lover or spouse are flooded with advertisements of these brands. When Valentine’s Day approaches, they are in a rush to choose a gift. In fact, we begin to put the gift itself in a much more central, important position than the other person: “I wonder if he will like my gift?” So, is Valentine’s Day really based on this rush? What is the history and true meaning of Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day History
In fact, this day is known as “Valentine’s Day” in the western world. “Valentine” is actually a person and goes by the name of Saint Valentin.
Saint Valentin was a Catholic priest who also worked as a doctor. He lived in Italy in the third century AD and served as a priest in Rome.
Valentin is famous for secretly marrying couples who were in love but could not marry because it was forbidden by Emperor Claudius II. Emperor Claudius, while recruiting new soldiers for his army, banned marriage because he thought that marriage would be an obstacle for these soldiers. He also wanted to prevent the current soldiers from getting married because he thought that marriage would be an obstacle for them and would distract them from their work.
When Emperor Claudius discovered that Valentin had married couples, he sent Valentin to prison. Valentin used his time in prison to continue to reach people with love, saying that Jesus Christ gave his life on the cross for others.
Impressed by Valentin’s wisdom, he befriended the guard Asterius. She asked Valentin to help her daughter Julia with her studies. Julia was blind and needed someone to read material for her to learn. He befriended Julia through her work with him when Valentin came to visit her in prison.
Saint Valentin’s Sacrifice
Emperor Claudius also came to love Valentin. He offered to pardon Valentine and would set him free if Valentin renounced his Christian faith and agreed to worship the Roman gods. Valentin not only refused to renounce his faith, he also encouraged Emperor Claudius to believe in Jesus Christ. Valentin’s loyalty cost him his life. Emperor Claudius was very angry with Valentin’s decision and sentenced Valentin to death.
Before he was killed, Valentin wrote a final note to encourage Julia to stay close to Jesus and thank him for being his friend. “From Valentin,” he signed the note. This note inspired people to start writing their own loving messages on Valentine’s Day, February 14, celebrated as the day Valentin was martyred.
Valentine was beaten, stoned, and beheaded on February 14, 270. Remembering his loving service to many young couples, people began to celebrate his life and service. He became a saint to whom God worked to help people in miraculous ways. MS. In 496, Pope Gelasius designated February 14 as Valentine’s Day as his official feast day.
Dear and Love
When we say Valentine’s Day today, we think of a period when we are in a rush with gifts, surprises and romantic dinners. Of course, these are very meaningful and sweet rushes. We want to express how much we love the other person in the best possible way. On the other hand, there are some difficulties arising from our becoming a consumer society in this age we live in. It seems as if our level of love for the other person is directly proportional to the expensive gift, surprise and dinner we receive.
However, love is not a concept that we can measure in a way that is much deeper and in fact materially invaluable. The most valuable gift that a person can offer to another is himself, his love, loyalty and sincerity. True love is not about what we have or not, but only what we have with love. Below is a biblical definition of true love:
If I speak in the language of men and angels, but have no love, I am no more than a sounding copper or a ringing cymbal. If I could prophesy, if I knew all the secrets, if I had every knowledge, if I had enough faith to move mountains, but if I did not have love, I am nothing. If I distribute my wealth as alms, if I surrender my body to be burned, but if I don’t have love, it won’t do me any good.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, does not boast, does not boast. Love does not act rudely, does not seek its own interests, does not get angry easily, does not keep an account of evil. Love does not rejoice in injustice, it rejoices in the truth. Love endures all, believes all, hopes all, endures all.
Love never ends. But prophecies will disappear, languages will end, knowledge will disappear. Because our knowledge and our prophecy are limited. However, when the competent comes, the limited will disappear. When I was a child, I talked like a child, understood like a child, and thought like a child. When I became an adult, I stopped childish behavior. Now we see everything as a faint image in the mirror, but then we will meet face to face. Now my knowledge is limited, but then I will know fully as I am known.
Here are three things that last: faith, hope, love. The highest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)