DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHY WE CELEBRATE VAL’S DAY?
Oh yes! We’re here again. And by that we mean the month of love is here again, the second most popular day of the year. It is a special day of a special month for lovers all the world over. If all your couple fights do not get fixed in this month, especially on 14th dieeer, breda, sister, forget wai.
But the question is, do you really know why we celebrate this “Month of Love”, especially 14th every February? Well, if you don’t, then let’s hit the road to find out!
Some believe that Val’s Day is shrouded in mystery. The day of love, they believe, contains traces of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions.
There’s a story that says that the man behind this special day, Saint Valentine, was a third-century Catholic priest performing secret marriages for young lovers as against Emperor Claudius (II)’s decree that young men should not marry because they made better soldiers.
Buh hey! Hold on. Did you know that some also believe that Val’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial? Some too they claim, say the Christian church intentionally put the “Day of Love” in the middle of February just to “Christianise” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, which was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus (stop wondering which one is this one too – Faunus is or was the Roman god of agriculture), as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
Others also believe ancient Romans held the festival on February 15 to protect themselves from wolves. Men would strike people with strips of animal hide and women also believed that this made them fertile.
Lol, there’s also a story that says that Valentine was an early Christian who was imprisoned for refusing to worship the Roman gods. His friends tossed notes to him through his cell window. It was even said that the imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after falling for his jailor’s daughter.
Here’s something else. The oldest known valentine greeting still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by one Charles, Duke of Orleans, while in prison to his wife. Sadly, his wife died before she even got the note.
And these are what our peers had to say about what they know of Valentine’s Day:
Kuulpeeps Legon: Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Myma: Well personally, I get a lot of attacks when this same issue comes up as to why we celebrate Val’s day. But I think just as we have various days set for other events like Christmas to commemorate the birth of Christ, boxing day, world teen day and all those, likewise there should be a day set to show love. Others may say that must we wait tuntilVal’s day to show love, but that’s not the case. We show love everyday but this is a special day to remind us of that love. To renew vows, to ensure love and all. After all no matter how much we love our partners or others we are too busy to have time for them or show that love. So this special day is set for us to have time for them and remind ourselves of our love for each other. Personal take though.
Elvis Sedinam: We celebrate it to remember St Valentine, a believer of love who was executed. We celebrate by sharing flowers and spending special times together to honour the love we have for one another.
Elinam Priscilla: I know it’s a season of love… I personally see it as any other day.
Elinam’s roomie: Oh! It’s a season of love. We celebrate it to… you know… how do we call it… in memories of St. Valentine because he showed great love to his people. That’s all I know.
Cute Alberta: “To show love.”
Now you see? If you didn’t know anything at all about Val’s Day, here you have been given a little bit of knowledge.
Written By: Prince Charming