Why is Valentine’s Day celebrated on February 14?

As every year this February 14 is celebrated on Valentine 2021, an ode to love and to all who are in love. But why is this day celebrated? There are various theories that are being considered to make this day.

It is based on a Christian festival, which like many others, was based on a pagan festival that came from Roman empire. Legends say that everything began in the third century in Rome when Valentin, a priest, secretly married young lovers because it was something forbidden at the time.

Apparently the Emperor Claudius II decided to prohibit the celebration of marriages for young people because he thought that single people without family were better soldiers because they did not have any sentimental ties.

But Valentine ignored it and it is said that he was always secretly marrying these slightly younger couples.

Emperor Claudius II found out what had happened and sentenced Saint Valentine to death. First in jail and then died on February 14, 270. And that is why this day Valentine is celebrated almost everywhere in the world.

It was also said (but this seems more like a legend) that in prison Saint Valentine fell in love with a blind girl whose sight he cured.

History points out that a couple of centuries later, Pope Gelasius I turned valentine into saint and the day was also added to the liturgical calendar. And it is a day to celebrate love.

Although it should be noted that in 1969 the festival was eliminated from the ecclesiastical calendar. There is more because in the 19th century, the Anglo-Saxon countries had a tradition of exchanging postcards on this Valentine’s Day. And then it was already in the twentieth century when it spread, from this exchange, it was a day of gifts and something more commercial to mark this day as that of lovers and Valentine’s Day 2021.

Something quite discussed for being seen as another form of shopping day, in the same way that it happens with other festivities where there is only consumerism.

Anyway there are many other theories of the existence of this day. Well, in the Nordic countries at this time birds usually mate, and for this reason such days are seen as a great symbol of love and creation.

Different ways to celebrate it depending on the country

This holiday is official in the Anglican Communion and in the Lutheran Church, and then it spread to the United States. And from there to the rest of the world in the same way that many other festivities such as Halloween or Santa Claus have been copied for Christmas.

In Saudi Arabia was a forbidden holiday but now it can be celebrated and couples celebrate flowers and chocolates.

In Brazil, another day is celebrated, June 12, in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua, a saint famous for being a matchmaker. While in Central America gifts are exchanged to celebrate both love and friendship.

In other countries such as China, it is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. While in Colombia it takes place on the third Saturday in September since 1969 to avoid intersecting with the start of the school business season.

In its most traditional sense, in Cuba is celebrated on February 14 with gifts to couples. While in Spain we have already said that it was in the 20th century when it was exported from other countries and that is when gifts were made.

In the United States they celebrate love and friendship. In Japan, it has been celebrated since February 1958, initially promoted by the Morozoff chocolate company. In Peru this festival is known as «Day of love and friendship». In the United Kingdom, this holiday is common and Valentine’s cards are usually delivered accompanied by chocolates and many other gifts.

For its part, in the Dominican Republic Valentine 2021 is also commemorated on February 14. In Uruguay, Valentine’s Day is celebrated, generally in the month of October, in the spring.

A somewhat different Valentine’s Day due to the pandemic

It is noteworthy that this celebration will be somewhat different this year because it will be marked by the pandemic, in the same way as many other celebrations that have been held and others that have been canceled.

What changes this year are the outings because gifts can be made anyway. In various surveys, it is highlighted that there will be more online purchases and fewer outings to dinner or to book hotels as was more customary.

For this reason, this Valentine’s Day 2021 will be something more homemade. Many couples have explained that they will have dinners at home and somewhat more intimate celebrations.


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