By: Mariana Navarrete
Roses are red, violets are blue, love never crossed my mind until the day I met you. Valentine’s day, is a day where someone who you appreciate or care about deeply is celebrated. For others it’s a day to stay at home, eat, and best of all watch Netflix. But where did this whole idea originate?
Saint Valentine's Day also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine is a celebration that takes place in several other countries other than the U.S. It all began in the Catholic Church where the saints, Valentine or Valentinus, were killed for their beliefs. On February 14, dating back to the 5th century, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing this unfair order, disobeyed Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine got caught in the act, Claudius ordered to have him put to death. That was just one of the many stories that are told but this is one of the most common story that is said.
Another very common story of how the expression “From your Valentine” originated goes as follows. 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, Valentine was imprisoned actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is rumoured that he wrote her a letter signed “from your Valentine,” an expression that is still being used today.
A very common way of ending a beautiful love letter is usually with the letters XOXO, kisses and hugs, but why? Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity. Many people believe the “O” made the jump to meaning “hug” because, by looking down on the O from above and squinting just right, it sort of looks like two people embracing, but this is just a tale.
Valentine's day is a very romantic and fun evening for couples. If you're single, don't worry we can all join the S.A.D club, Single Awareness Day. So if you have no date, spend the day with pizza and actually watch Netflix.
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