Hello Creative Writer,
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This was always one of my favorite holidays because as a kid you got to have a party in school. Everyone brought in valentine’s and treats and you got to exchange them. Every year my mother bought me a pretty new dress; usually red or pink and covered in hearts to wear and it was pure fun.
As difficult as it might be to believe, this holiday of love and kindness actually stems from a violent and horrific past. The Catholic Church honored two men, both named Valentine, who were both executed by Emperor Claudius II in different years in the 3rd century A.D.
One of the Valentine’s was a Roman priest and physician, St. Valentine; becoming the patron saint of lovers and, oddly enough, beekeepers. He was arrested and imprisoned after he was caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. The martyrdom was honored and recognized though the holiday.
This was of course a re-structuring of a much older Roman festival called Lupercalia which started in the year 496. It marked the official start of spring, celebrated in mid-February. This festival was deemed un-christian however and given a make over.
So..as we think about our loved ones today let us remember that unless you want to be like St. Valentine and die in the name of love, you’d better remember to tell your significant other that you care.
Have a great day!