Valentine’s Day 2012

Valentine’s Day 2012 - It is believed that Valentine’s Day has been around for more than 16 centuries, but Love feasts are known to still earlier times – since the days of ancient pagan cultures. For example, in mid-February the Romans celebrated the festival of eroticism, called the Lupercalia, in honor of the goddess of love Juno Februata. In celebration, there are specific “culprit” – Christian priest Valentine.

Valentine’s Day 2012

This story dates back to around 269 a year, while the rules of the Roman Empire emperor Claudius II. A belligerent Roman army suffered an acute shortage of troops for military campaigns, and the captain was convinced that the main enemy of his “Napoleonic” plans – marriage, for married footballer of the glory of the empire thinks much less than that, as a family to feed.

And, in order to keep his soldiers in the military spirit, the emperor issued an edict forbidding the legionaries to marry. But the soldiers fall in love, this does not become smaller. And their happiness was a man who, not fearing the imperial anger, began secretly marry foreign players with their lovers. He was a priest named Valentine of the Roman town of Terni (Valentine of Terni). Apparently, he was a true romantic, as his favorite amusements was to reconcile quarreling, help writing love letters and give the flowers at the request of Legionnaires’ objects of their passion. Clearly, as soon as the emperor learned of this, he decided his “criminal activity” to stop. Valentine was sentenced to death. The tragedy of the situation was still in the fact that Valentine was himself in love with the jailer’s daughter. The day before the execution of the priest wrote a farewell letter to a girl, where he spoke of his love and signed it “Your Valentine.”

Read it was already after he was executed. Subsequently, as a Christian martyr who suffered for his faith, Valentine was canonized by the Catholic Church. In 496, Pope Gelasius (Pope Gelasius I) announced February 14 Valentine’s Day. Since 1969 The reform of worship St. Valentine was removed from the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church (along with other Roman saints, for the life of which are contradictory and unreliable.) However, until 1969 the church did not approve and did not support the tradition of celebrating this day. So there it was anyway, but apparently, it was the custom to write out on Valentine’s Day love notes – “valentines.” And in this day like to arrange a wedding and get married. It is believed that this will be the key to eternal love.

Valentine’s Day 2012

In Western Europe, Valentine’s Day was widely celebrated in the 13th century in the U.S. – since 1777. tradition of giving gifts on that day grew stronger with each passing year, and for some has become quite a successful business. For example, at the beginning of last century, Americans have been taken to send to their brides marzipan, which were quite expensive. In Japan, the tradition of giving sweets on this day came with the filing of a major company for the production of chocolate. They began to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the 30s, and still remains the most popular chocolate gift. By the way, there is Valentine’s Day a bit of a “March 8 for men,” because Japanese men are, perhaps, even more gifts than women: men’s accessories such as razors, lotion, wallet and so on. French & Denmark people are passionate and  romantic about Valentine’s Day and they accepted to give jewelry and send each other dried white flowers.

In Britain, February 14 unmarried girls get up before sunrise, get near the window and look at the passing men. According to legend, the first man, whom they see, and there is narrowing.But there are some countries in the world who are particularly distinguished themselves in the celebration of Valentine’s Day. This is especially Saudi Arabia, which is the only country in the world where this holiday officially banned, and, under penalty of heavy fines. And in Russia, was a lovers’ holiday, only he was not observed in winter and early summer. He was associated with the legendary love story of Peter and Fevronia and dedicated Kupala – Slavic pagan god, the son of Perun.

Valentine’s Day 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

 

Valentine’s Day 2012

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