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Love is a state of mind and heart, a warm, tender feeling and a deep, affectionate devotion. True love is not dependent on beauty, physical health or wealth.

True love is glorious ! Luscious !!

Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 13.4--8 :

  • Love is patient, love is kind.
  • It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
  • It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
  • It is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs.
  • Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
  • It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
  • Love never fails.
 
St. Valentine's Day or Lovers Day - February 14
 
St. Valentine's Day is a day dedicated exclusively to lovers. It's a day to express oneself and make the other person feel special. It's a day to send cards, candy and Valentines Day flowers, share romantic poems and love songs, propose your love to your sweetheart. It’s a day; we got to know each other much better. It’s a day we hoped would never end!

St. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 by the custom of giving or sending affectionate greeting cards or gifts to express love and affection to a chosen partner. The cards, known as valentines, are generally sent anonymously. Like other greeting cards, there are many verities, but Valentine cards are often designed with hearts to symbolize love. It is estimated that, world-wide, approximately one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. This statistics is unbelievable but it is a fact that every year the card/gift sending is on increase.
 
There are many legend about St. Valentine's Day, among that three Roman martyrs, all are named St Valentine or Valentinus, who lived in the 3rd century, but about whom nothing specific is known.
 
 
Legends / The History of Valentine's Day
 
One legend says that Valentine was a priest. He lived in 3rd century and served as a priest in Rome. The then Emperor Claudius II believed that the single men are better soldiers than those who are residing with wives and families and he outlawed marriage for young men. Claudius had forbidden marriages and Christian conversions. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius. He refused to accept the Roman Gods and carried on his religious duties and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, he was imprisoned for disobedience. Claudius ordered that he be put to death and he was executed on the 14th day of February which may occurred around 270 A.D.

Other story tells that Valentine, a Christian priest, may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
 

A Love Story

Most popular legend --- Valentine was a young, handsome Christian devotee who always closely associated with the villager’s difficulties and problems. He helps needy, care the poor, pray for the sick and he was also a physician and would cure the sick. He helped young lovers for their marriage, though it was against the then Emperor Claudius who believed that the single men are better soldiers than those who are residing with wives and families and he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine became very popular shortly and the news reached in the ear of the Emperor Claudius II. Claudius wants to put an end of Valentine’s activities and he was arrested and put into jail charging Christian conversion. But he continued these activities in jail secretly.

Once, the jailer’s young and blind daughter happened to hear the preaching of Valentine and she was very much impressed. They talk together, sit together and pray together. She put out her sorrow at his feet-the sorrow of a blind. He depicted the greatness of God’s creations. She saw the beauty of God’s creations, mountains, rivers every thing on the earth, sky and sea through his words. They fell in love. Her irresistible thirst to see his face or by their prayers or due to herbal medicine given by him, a miracle happened, her blindness cured, she gained her sight. She saw his face!

But the happiness last only for a short period!

When Claudius came to know that Valentine’s imprisonment had not changed enduring Christian spirit in him and no way affected Valentine’s popularity Claudius ordered him death punishment. Valentine was executed on 14th February. However, on the day of his death Valentine wrote a note to his girlfriend, 'the jailer's daughter' and signed it - 'From Your Valentine'. This great man who died for his beliefs, for his enduring love of the Christian God, was chosen as the patron Saint of lovers.

There are many popular folklores; few are copied as below:-

“ While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial. Others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors ritually cleansed houses. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. "

“ St Valentine's Day was supposedly started in the time of the Roman Empire. In Ancient Rome, the date of February 14 was a holiday to honor the Queen of Roman Goddesses and Gods, Juno. Juno was known as the Goddess of women and marriage. The next day February 15 was the first day of the Festival known as the Feast of Lupercia.

On February 14 is was said that the young boys and girls of the villages would write down the names of every girl and place these names in a jar of which each young man would have to draw a name of a girl and this particular maiden would be their partner for the duration of the festival. Sometimes these parings would last a year and end up in marriage’”
 
Stories on February 14

It was a custom, on February 14 the young boys and girls of the villages would write down the names of every girl and place these names in a jar of which each young man would have to draw a name of a girl and this particular maiden would be their partner for the duration of the festival. Sometimes these parings would last a year and end up in marriage.

St Valentine's Day was probably started in the time of the Roman Empire. In Ancient Rome, the date of February 14 was a holiday to honor the Queen of Roman Goddesses and Gods, Juno. Juno was known as the Goddess of women and marriage. The next day February 15 was the first day of the Festival known as the Feast of Lupercia.

Another Interesting origin is that St Valentine was the patron Saint of Epilepsy, reason was that he was supposedly a sufferer of the disease and took a keen interest in those who suffered from this affliction and also that those who suffered this disease were suffering from Valentine's sickness.

Ladies are facing enormous pressure at campus, office, home and severe problems related to personal relation, health, finance and in many cases, she needs at least a moral support and few words of consolation.
 
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