Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine’s Day
The celebration of Valentine’s Day, or more properly St. Valentine’s Day started in the year 496 A.D. as a Roman Catholic Holiday to commemorate the martyred saint (or possibly saints, as there was more than one Valentine who was martyred). It remained an official holiday of the Catholic Church until 1969; and although it is no longer an official holiday, its celebration is still permitted and practiced by many. That makes this year’s Valentine’s Day the 1516th celebration of this holiday.
It wasn’t until the 14th century that Valentine’s Day took on a romantic significance, which is what it is known for today. The first hand-made valentines were usually poems, embellished with flowers and lace. In the 19th century, this gradually gave way to the factory produced valentine’s greeting cards we know so well today.
Since this is the one day of the year that most men have no trouble with being romantic, I’m going to take a break from giving you ideas, and go be romantic with my own wife. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day.