The true story of Valentine's Day, Why we celebrate it on February 14

The true story of Valentine's Day, Why we celebrate it on February 14
    The true story of Valentine's Day, Why we celebrate it on February 14
    The true story of Valentine's Day, Why we celebrate it on February 14, In the third century AD, the Roman Empire was invaded by goths. At the same time, plague or smallpox spread, resulting in 5,000 deaths a day, including many soldiers.

    Following the increasing number of dead, the need for soldiers to fight invading goths increased, and the prevailing belief was that the best fighters were single. The emperor, Claudius II, forbade the traditional marriage of soldiers.

    The emperor was able to suppress internal rivalries resulting from the assassination of Emperor Galenos, through the Roman Senate's consecration of Emperor Galenos and to make him worship alongside the other Roman gods.

    Citizens were forced to worship the Roman gods, and those who refused to worship the gods were considered "non-patriotic" and enemies of the state. Persecution in that period specifically targeted Christians by forcing them to abandon their beliefs or face the death penalty.

    During the first three centuries of Christianity, Christians were subjected to many forms of persecution. They were thrown alive in boiling water, or cut off their tongues and tortured in worse ways. Many books, historical records and Christian writings were destroyed.

    Because many records have been destroyed, the details of St. Valentine's life are very scarce, little known, and transmitted from generation to generation until they were printed in 1260 in the "Legenda Sanctorum" and published by Jacobus de Voragine that year, And then published in the book "Nuremberg Chronicle" in 1493.

    St. Valentin was either a priest in Rome or a bishop in Terni, central Italy. He was tempted to anger the emperor with his defense of traditional marriage and secretly married the soldiers in the church, pagan or Christian. When Emperor Claudius asked the Christians to give up their beliefs and return to idolatry, St. Valentine refused to do so. He was arrested and sentenced to death.

    While Valentin was in prison awaiting execution, his "Asterius" asked him to pray for his blind daughter, so she miraculously regained her sight, making her father convert to Christianity along with many others.

    Before his execution, Valentin wrote a letter to the daughter of the prisoner who fell in love with her and signed it, "Who is your lover?"

    Valentin was beaten with sticks and stones to kill him, but the attempt failed and Valentin did not die, and his head was cut off outside the Gate of Flaminia, one of the gates of Old Rome, on 14 February 269.

    In 496 AD, Pope Glacios appointed February 14, "St. Valentine's Day."

    Medieval writers such as Jeffrey Choser, linking St. Valentine's Day with love, eventually became an English tradition during which flowers and sweets were exchanged and Valentine's Day greeting cards were sent.

    Apart from traditional gifts and favors, many through social networking sites this year have used provocative, joking or cynical gestures.
    Wael Elyamani
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