14th February: The Season of Romance

By Agha Jahabzaib Baloch

Human is a part of nature cannotbe segregated and can’t help to rejoice or monotonous. After the farewell of 4_kisswinter the livings get revival and mingled in evolution process to lead its origin. The animal and birds make pairs and amate to process its species onward in the evolution circle. The human by reflection of surrounding occurrence also gets in wheel of evolution and makes pair with opposite gender and shares the feelings with its partner. By this way, the human keeps continue the revolve of evolution process. It is part of instinct and never can be expunged from human and other livings. If the past of the human be looked, then a sketch gets draw in mind spontaneously that human by want of nature after winter celebrated in various aspect and named its parties with region and climate colors. Science tells that this universe is reflection or picture of matter, where electron upholding positive bar whilst neutron owns minus bar, meantime nucleus is braless. Universe’s existence is being controlled by positive and minus bars which can be resemble with male and female and so on continuously, the human is a part of this universe and never can be exempted of its effects and with opposite gender can survive. Thus, it on both occasions; rejoice and mourn shares with opposite sex and adoring presently valentine day of spring exactly reflection of same. Human by entrance of spring celebrated and enthusiastically resumes its work in various fields, so its celebration never becomes joyful without combination of both genders. The valentine day also represents human’s social and psychological wants.

February has long been amount of romance. It is the month associated with valentine celebrations. We have heard the name of St. Valentine being uttered before us in this season of love, but just to who is this St. Valentine? Why is month associated with love and romance? Let us search out how valentine day came into practice?

As it is today, the origin of this lover day goes back as early as 270 A.D. The history of valentine day is impossible to be obtained from any archive and the veil of centuries gone, by its made the origin behind this day more difficult to trace. It is only some legends that are our source for the history of valentine day.

The modern St. Valentine celebration are said to have been derived from both ancient Christi and roman tradition. But the rise of Christianity in Europe saw many pagan holidays begin and renamed for and dedicated to the early Christian martyrs.  Lupercalia was no exception in 496 A.D POPE Gelasius turned lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14th. He proclaimed February 14th to be the feast day in honor of saint valentine, a Rome martyr who lived in the 3rd century.

 According to the catholic encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of valentine time. While one was a priest in Rome, another was a bishop in Terni, Nothing is known about third St. Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them were said to have martyred on 14th February. While most scholars’ believed that St. Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 A.D in Rome and attracted. The disfavor of Roman Emperor Claudius II, who ruled during the time it, is said that when Claudius II met valentine, he was to have been impresses by the dignity and conviction of the latter. However, valentine refused to agree   with the emperor regarding the ban on mirages. It is also said that the emperor tried to convert valentine to the romans gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully. This angered Claudius II who gave order of execution of valentine.

 The story of St. Valentine has two different versions the protestant and the catholic one. Both versions agree upon saint valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men and was excruciated by the latter. During the life time of valentine, the golden era of Roman Empire had almost come to an end, lack of quality administration led to frequent civil strife. Education declined, taxation increased and trade witnessed a very bad time. The Roman Empire faced crisis from all sides while they had grown too large to be shielded for external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces. Naturally more and more capable men were required to be recruited as soldiers and officers to protect the nation from takeover. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus will not make good soldiers. He believed that marriage made the men weak so issued edict forbidding marriages was a great shock for the Romans, but they dared not to protest against the mighty emperor. The kindly bishop valentine also realized the injustice of the decree he saw the trauma of the young lovers who gave up all hopes of being united in mirages. He planned to counter the monarchs order in secrecy whenever lovers thought of marrying they went to valentine who met them afterwards in a secret place and joined them in sacrament of matrimony, and thus he secretly performed many marriages for young lovers. But such things can’t remain hidden for too long. It was only a matter of time of before Claudius came to be known of his friend of lovers. While waiting his sentences in prison, valentine was approved by his jailor Asturias, it was said that valentine had some saintly abilities and one of them granted power is to heal people. Asturias had a blind daughter and knowing of the miraculous powers of valentine he requested the latter to restore the sight of his blind daughter. The catholic legend has it that valentine did thought the vehicle of his strong faith a phenomenon refuted by the protestors version which aggress, otherwise with the catholic one.

Whatever the fact, it appears that valentine in some way did succeed to help Asterius daughter. It caused great grief to the young girl to hear of his friend’s imminent death.  It is said that just before his execution; valentine asked for a pen and paper from his jailer and signed a farewell message to her ‘’from your valentine’’ a phrase that lived ever after as per another legend, valentine fall in love with the daughter of his jailor during his imprisonment. However, this legend is not given much importance by historians.  The most reasonable story surroundings St. Valentine is one of not centered on Eros (passion for love), but on a gape (Christian love) he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

couple-valentines-dayValentine is beloved to have been executed on February 14,270 A.D by the Middle Ages, valentine become as popular as to become one of the most popular saints in England and France. Despite attempts by the Christian church to sanctify the holiday, the association of the valentine days with romance and court ship continued through the middle ages.

 The holiday evolved over the centuries by the 18th century, gift giving and exchanging handmade cards made of lace ribbons and featuring cupids and heart began to be created on this day and handed over to the man or women loved. This tradition eventually spread to the American colonies. It was not until the 1840s that Valentine’s Day greeting cards began to be commercially produced in the US. The first American valentine day greeting cards were created by Esther A How LANDA Mount Holyoke, a graduate and native of Worcester Howland known as the Mother of the valentine, made elaborate creations with real face, ribbons and colorful pictures known as scrap’’. It was when Howland began valentine card in large scale that the tradition really caught on in the United States. Today valentine day is one of the major holidays in the U.S, and has become a booming commercial success. One of the earliest valentine cards were sent in 1415 A.D by Charles Duck of Orleans to his wife during his imprisonment in the lower of London the card is now preserved in the British Museum. The 14th day of the month of the February became a splendid day for the lovers  to express their emotions has million across the world present their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. In many countries restaurants and eateries are seem to be filled with couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and enjoy their togetherness through delicious cuisines there hardly seems to be young man or woman is not keen to make the most of the day. It is not exactly known why 14th of February known as valentine day there may be doubts regarding the actual identity of valentine, but we know the reason behind this kindly cleric named valentine who died more than a thousand years ago and he really existed, because archeologists have recently unearthed a Roman catacomb and the an ancient church dedicated to a saint valentine. Whatever furtive exists behind Valentine’s Day but let your love ones know the 50 reasons why you love them.

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Posted on March 15, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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