Sunday, 1 February 2015

Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th. It is a festival of romantic love when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. Many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to people they love.They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel, while others may choose this day to propose or get married.

Background

The origins of Valentine's Day are not clear but many sources believe that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE during the reign of Claudius II for refusing to give up his Christian faith. St Valentine was caught marrying Christian couples. However, another theory says  that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.



Further reading:
Saint Valentine
Lupercalia
Music:
Love is in the air - subtitled
How deep is your love 

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