The Origins of Valentines Day

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As it is Valentine's Day next Tuesday 14 February I thought that you would like to read about the origins of Valentine's Day again.  I posted this blog first a year ago but just in case you did not read it, here it is again.

This is a lovely "LOVE" necklace which will be perfect for Valentine's Day for a friend or loved one. #seeagainSaturday

Love Necklace

Valentines Day is on the same day every year on 14 February and dates back to ancient Rome.  There are quite a few myths and legends as to how Valentine's Day originated.

There was an ancient Roman pagan festival called Lupercalia, which was a fertility celebration, celebrated annually on 15 February.  This pagan festival was renamed as a Christian feast day by Pope Gelasius 1 in the year 496, and he also changed the date of the feast to 14 February and called it Saint Valentine's Day.  It is thought that he was honouring a Saint Valentine but nobody is sure which one.

There were at least three early Christian saints called St Valentine.  All three St Valentines were said to have been martyred on 14 February but it is  not clear if was the same year for all of them.

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable and  Saint Valentine was one of them.

It was not until the 14th century that this Christian feast day became associated with love and we have Chaucer to thank for this.

In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of  England's Richard II and Anne of Bohemia's engagement.  As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day and this day was Saint Valentines Day.  

Over the years, Valentine's Day has evolved. By the 18th century, in England we were exchanging handmade cards and gifts with our loved ones on Valentine's Day. However, the tradition of Valentine's cards did not become widespread in the United states until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland began mass-producing them.

It is now 2016 and Valentine's Day is still honoured in many countries of the world.  This year it is on a Sunday.  The most popular gifts on Valentine's Day for women and girls are chocolates and jewellery.

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This is a lovely Murano Glass heart pendant necklace and earrings.

Red Murano Heart Pendant and Earrings Set

As always, please leave a comment below if you found my blog interesting or you know any other facts or myths regarding Valentine's Day.

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