Atypical Valentine's Day

February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, beautiful people! 

I have to admit: I'm not your typical Valentine's Day fan. In fact, I don't care deeply about this day because I believe love should be infinite, without any boundaries, it should be shown and celebrated every single moment. It should be felt, shown, it should be like a continuous explosion of feelings, gestures, small gifts (not necessarily material ones), emotions etc. 

But having Valentine's Day in our lives is fun. For some people, it might act like a reminder that love is not lost, love is still there, that love can be made, or felt and even celebrated. Perhaps for some, Valentine's Day means a bouquet of red roses and lace lingerie. No matter how sad I find that, I'm still glad that at least for one day, everybody thinks and feels LOVE. And that's a pretty powerful.

But do you know what we're actually celebrating? Let's take a short journey back in history and see where it all comes from.

⧫ Who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. 
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure.

⧫ Origins
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial – which probably occurred around A.D. 270 – others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

Photos: Cristian Vadan
Styling: Carla Vadan
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