If you think Valentine’s day is celebrated for a fairy tale happy-ending love story or a symbol of romance and love, you’re living in the days of ignorance and deception. It has no trivial connection with Layla and Majnun or the tragic love of Romeo and Juliet. Valentine’s day is nowhere near Love, in fact.
I’ve an intensely inquisitive mind towards blind following of rituals or mainstream customary practices without actually knowing the sensible cause or history of it. Valentine’s day is approaching and I became nosy about the subject.
According to the Christian literature of biographies of lives of saints in the primitive times, Valentine was a saint who lived sometime in 4th century or earlier than that. There were more than one saint with the same mention of the name as well.
The plot, according to popular hagiography, goes back to the timeline when he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. [This event at least stands close in connection with love]. And in other recordings, he was heading the Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire and then detained in jail for the aforementioned cause. During his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius (no mention of any further detail). An exaggerated decoration to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Poets are known for these kind of exaggeration.
Another history states that numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Followed by the death of the saint, the day was associated with romantic love and also the feast day of St.Valentine is also given in the calendar of the Saints.
Although the authenticity of the biography of St.Valentine is not clear, February 14, actually has remarkable connection to martyr-hood and bravery than love, I would say.
So if you are content with the celebration of Valentine’s day with your loved one, you are remembering the death of an ancient Roman saint, whose biography doesn’t have an authentic recording of the actual event. The media and business corporations created the blend of romantic love and February 14. If you want to celebrate love with your loved one, you don’t have to wait for any particular day. Love is 24 x 7 for 365 days, isn’t it?
And before you intend to ask someone “will you be my Valentine“, think and know what you wish for.