Where does Valentine’s Day come from? It’s not pretty

No flower colors, good noise or reservations for two. This is a text about hypotheses, or about a main hypothesis. There is no certainty, although there is a slight consensus, about the origin of February 14, Valentine’s Day, or Valentine’s Day.

Saint Valentine may have been inspired by two men, but although they are supposed to have been executed by the Roman empire at different times, it is suspected that they may be the same person, the same plot, can be read in History Channel website. That is, the true Valentine. And this man was a priest or bishop who, ignoring the rules of the empire, continued to celebrate weddings and marriages. Claudius II, the Roman emperor, preferred unmarried soldiers, perhaps unconcerned when it came to making the souls of others’ bodies bleed. Valentine, or at least one of the men mentioned above, was arrested and then beheaded on February 14, year 271.

There is another version of the story. Between February 13th and 15th, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, conta a NPR. The bizarre legend goes that they sacrificed a goat and a dog before women were flogged with the skins of these animals. That American radio, in a 2011 article, heard a historian from the University of Colorado, in the United States, and he revealed that the Romans were normally drunk. The women, said Noel Lenski, lined up to be flogged by these men.

For some reason, there was a theory that this would contribute to fertility. At the time, there was also a draw: young Romans chose the girls’ names on paper that was in a jar. The freshly painted couple did not take off during the festival. Some stayed there, others would remain together, even marrying. This festive day would be replaced, sometime in the 5th century, by Valentine’s Day. That is why the theory circulates that day is associated with romance or the beginning of love.

The NPR also admits the aforementioned story of the two Valentins, beheaded at the hands of Claudio II’s executioners, on any February 14th. Martyrdom then gained prominence in the Catholic Church and St. Valentine’s Day was celebrated.

The Brazilian news portal “G1”, by Globo, which also draws on the theory of the benefactor and rebel priest, add a new story. When he was in prison, Valentine must have felt a twinge in his heart. It was love, it was the fault of a jailer’s daughter. On the day he would be beheaded, he sent a love letter to the girl, signing “from your Valentine”. It is another hypothesis to associate the love and romance letters to February 14th.

In the pages of Expresso, we had already observed such a reference. It was in 2011 (HERE). “Caged, Valentine received the jailer’s daughter, the beautiful Asterias,” says the scribe. “Asterias saw nothing. It was blind. He fell in love with Valentine. Hence the knowing realization, towards the end of time, that love remains blind after being. ” Legend has it, one more, that Valentine returned the vision to Asterias, but that came at a price. “The miracle happened,” he continues. “But, as there are no perfect miracles, Valentine was blinded by love for Asterias. (…) A simple Platonic letter must have helped the saint’s glorification. ”


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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