Sunday, February 05, 2006

Happy Valentines day

a girl as nice as u
must have many valentines

make me yours too

the only ting dat looks good on me
is u
-bryan adams

The History of Valentine's DayEvery February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.Image courtesy of Corbis/Lake County Museum.Special thanks to
American Greetings.


saby said...

i no its not Feb 14 yet Minnie
but WTF

i just cudnt wait

Anonymous said...

It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.
-George Horace Lorimer (1867-1937)
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Caraf said...

saby waby

take a deep breath and wait patiently till the 14th or atleast 13th night!

Rhiannon said...

Saby I've been checking out all your blogs, and I must say I find them very interesting. At least your honest about what you think..bad or good..refreshing! I love Jim Morrison also. I met him once way back when. I have a drawing I did of him I posted in my last month archive(or was it the month before that not sure?hmm) well was nice dropping by..your so right about Bush..naive people.

Angel Blessings,