But where does Valentine’s Day come from?
It is first the story of a saint, so a martyr of the Roman time, it goes without saying. Valentin was a Christian priest who had
defied the order of Emperor Claudius in celebrating runaway marriages.
The emperor had prohibited these marriages, since the
Christians, once married, refused to enlist in the legions in order not to
to leave their families. What was to happen happened, he was
sentenced to death and imprisoned.
It is said that before his execution, he befriended the daughter of
his jailer, who was blind, and he restored his sight. Barely
before being decapitated, he handed her heart-shaped leaves on
which he had written “from your Valentine”.
It was then in 496 that Pope Gelasius I decided to make Valentin
the boss of lovers, and celebrates it on February 14th, the date of his
execution. It was then a question of replacing old pagan rites, which
took place on the 15th of February and bore the name of the Lupercales, with
more religious holiday. It was not until 1496 that Valentin was
officially canonized by Pope Alexander VI.
When the sexual games of Lupercalia were abolished, young people
Romans took for custom, rather than running naked after young
single girls, to offer to the choice of their heart wishes
and romantic little gifts. The tradition has continued until
us, and it is always considered good to offer his tender wishes
to the elect of his heart, accompanied by a bouquet of fresh flowers or
You have to visit a florist a few days before the famous day to see how the custom is still well anchored!
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