History and traditions of St. Valentine’s Day

In the CIS countries, Valentine’s Day became known as a holiday only in the 90s of the 20th century, but a lot has been written about it during this time. In this review we tried to collect the most interesting information about the history, traditions and symbols of the holiday, the ambiguous attitude of various people to it, ideas for gifts and congratulations for the holiday. And, of course, noted the entries in your blogs, dedicated to the celebration of the Day of All Lovers.

There are several popular versions of the legend of St. Valentine and the holiday, and not in one dozen places you can read the legend of Bishop Valentine (according to other legends he was a simple Christian priest) who lived in the city of Terni during the reign of Julius Claudius II – Roman emperor in the III century ad. All variants of the legend end in the fact that Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 and symbolically, that the date of the execution of St. Valentina coincided with the Roman festivities in honor of Juno, the goddess of love. Learn More Here

Since then, all the people on the day of the execution of Valentinova drink bitter for sweet love. And we will not stay aside “- and this style can be found in articles devoted to Valentine’s Day. It is interesting that the day of February 14 and before the story with St. Valentine was shrouded in different legends, also on the topic of love. This can also be read, apparently closer to the logic of the legend, here is something like this:

On February 14, on the feast of the Roman goddess of marriage, motherhood and women of Juno and the god Pan, the girls wrote love letters. Letters were placed in a huge urn, and then the men pulled letters. Then each man began to take care of that girl, whose love letter he pulled out

And they called this day “Bird’s wedding.” (It used to be that birds form married couples in the second week of the second month of the year). They say that Valentine lived in the 3rd century AD, in the city of Terni, the Roman Empire. He was either a priest or a bishop. Most legends describe that Valentine was young, handsome and kind. He also practiced as a doctor a little, and tried to ensure that what he was treating – tablets, potions were of pleasant taste, including wine, milk or honey. Valentine lived during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II, who forbade his warriors to marry. And Valentine secretly married the young soldiers. And even more – he reconciled those who quarreled, helped illiterate soldiers write love letters, presented bouquets to newlyweds. The brightest legend is associated with the cure of the blindness of a girl – the daughter of a jailer.¬†And this was somehow connected with the Valentine’s day of execution, which occurred on February 14, 270. Whatever the legend, any of them says that a Christian priest died in the name of Love. And they called Valentine the defender of All Lovers. In 496, the Roman Pope Gelasius I, counting the saints Valentine and declaring February 14 a day of his memory, forbade frivolous old holidays.