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Sunday, 14. February 2016, 14:24

Saint Valentine’s Day – Origins and meanings

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Everyone knows Valentine’s Day right? Giving those you like or love little heart boxes of chocolates, “Be mine, Valentine!” cards, and heart shaped candies and balloons. This day is all about love, or reminding you that you have no one for those that dread this lovers day. We have all celebrated in school or with a significant other at some point in our lives. But where did it begin? What are meaning behind hearts and sentiments of love?

While there were in fact many Christian matyrs named Valentinus, the legend surrounds only one. This particular Saint Valentine was a Priest in Rome before being imprisoned for aiding persecuted Christians and also for performing marriage ceremonies for soldier who were forbidden to marry by Rome. As per documents of that time period, it is said he was tortured in an attempt to convert him from Christianity.

Roman Emperor Claudius II reported went to his cell and attempted to convert him into Roman Paganism. Not only did Valentinus refuse, but tried instead to convert the Emperor! Now that’s dedication to one’s beliefs. Because of his refusal to convert, he was executed. Shortly before his execution, however, it is claimed that he performed a miracle on the blind daughter of one of his jailer Asterius. Asterius and his daughter Julia were so indebted that they, and their fourty-four member household (including servants), all converted to Christianity and were baptized.

The tradition of giving Valentine’s Cards was began by this martyr himself who, upon the eve of his death, wrote a card to Julia. He signed the card “Your Valentine” and as such, a tradition was born. Rumor has it that after his execution and burial, Julia planted an almond tree that blossomed with pink flowers near his grave. Almond trees still symbolize friendship and love today.

The tradition of giving chocolates came many years later and its origins are traced to England, where a character named Jack Valentine would knock on doors and leave sweets and cards for people on St. Valentine’s Day. Other traditions include giving Keys to unlock love or Spring, depending on the country.

While there are surely more traditions and beliefs that surround this Saint, these are some of the most popular and followed to this day. No matter which tradition or belief you choose to follow, Saint Valentinus was indeed a great and loving person and well deserving of being recognized for his devotion to love, faith, and yes…Spring.

Happy gaming!

... written in English by Vilya (Community Manager of Last Chaos)
... English translation by Vilya (Community Manager of Last Chaos)
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