History of Valentine’s Day
The most famous legend began in Rome, when the Emperor, Claudius II, was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. “Claudius the Cruel” as he was called, was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. So, hecancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome!
The good Saint Valentine, who was a priest in Rome, in the year 269 A.D., together with his friend Saint Marius, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Valentine's actions were discovered, he was sentenced to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.
But while in prison, it isbelieved that Valentine fell in love with a young woman who may have been the daughter of his jailer named Asterius, who visited him during his confinement. Valentine would have miraculously made to regain vision, and his supposed miracle turned into a saint. Before his death on February 14, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, as he signed "from your Valentine", which is still widely used in theU.S., and he received notes and letters from young people who say believe in love.
The Valentine's Day is celebrated in Brazil on June 12. This date was chosen to be the eve of the anniversary of the death of San Antonio.
Valentine's Day History in US
Valentine's Day is said to have imported to North America in the 19th century by British settlers. First mass-produced Valentine's Day cardwith embossed paper lace are said to have produced in United States shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828-1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts.
In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of giving gifts along with cards became popular. Roses and chocolates were the most commonly exchanged Valentine's Day Gifts and were usually given by man to the woman. Around 1980's diamond industrybegan to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion to gift fine jewelry. Today, the day has come to be associated with a generic platonic greeting of "Happy Valentine's Day."
Valentine's Day Celebration in US
Valentine's Day festival has been commercialized to a great extent in US. It is estimated that Valentine's Day is the major card and gift giving festival in US. Days before the festivalmarkets wear a festive look to lure consumers. Popular gifts exchanged on the day include cards, fresh flowers- mainly rose, chocolates and candies. These days, people also complement these with other gifts of love to express affection and love.
Valentine's Day dinner and dance parties are organized all over the country to celebrate the occasion. Many couples hold private celebrations in homesor restaurants. Another interesting part of Valentine's Day in US is the celebrations organized by kids. Several schools organize Valentine's Day programmes where children perform songs, dance, skits and plays. Children also gift handmade gifts and cards to their friends and teachers.
To those staying in different cities, Valentine's Day greetings are exchanged with the help of e-cards andby sending gifts through online Valentines Day gift shopping sites.
Other countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day has its different traditions and customs.
The day in different countries
In Argentina it is called Valentine's Day, and celebrate the bond between couples. It is usually sent cards or hearts, something that is considered more typical of Anglo-Saxon world. Nor is the only dayabout love: the week prior to Friend Day (July 20th), takes place the week of Sweetness , which has gained great popularity in recent years. This week is usual candy and give kisses.
In Bolivia the so-called ‘Day of Love and Friedship’ is the 23 July. Engaged couples exchange gifts and cards.
In Brazil the so-called 'Day two Namorados' (day of the couple) is June 12 . Engaged couples exchange...