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The Origin of Valentines Day

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St. Valentine

St. Valentine

St. Valentine

Madelyn Graven

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St. Valentine

Since Valentine’s Day is approaching we should try to understand how it began. It started when a roman emperor, Claudius, made a decree that prohibitied the marriage of young Catholics. The reason for this was that young unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because they might be afraid of what woud happen to their family. The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about so he secretly married them because of the edict. Valentine was eventually caught, tortured and imprisoned for performing marraige ceremonies. One of the men who judged him, Asterius, had a blind daughter. St. Valentine is said to have prayed and the daughter was healed and Asterius became Catholic because of her miraculous healing. In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic letters by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

Valentine’s Day has become world-wide and many countries has their own traditions to celebrate it. For example in Thailand  teenagers and young crowds are seen indulging in a number of activities and common practices that include exchanging gifts and planning a romantic dinner date with your partner. Usually, guys present beautifully decorated flower bouquets, chocolates and candies to the love of their life. This is just one example of how other countires celebrate Valentine’s Day.

On Valentine’s day we should try to focus on how Valentine’s day started and try to understand the sacrifice that St. Valentine made for love that has spread alll over the world. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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