Valentine’s Day

valentines poster i love you

Today is the day many people celebrate by giving cards, flowers, candy or gifts to the ones they love.552px-Valentines_Candy Have you wondered why? The story  goes back to the ancient Romans where  two versions exist.

The Romans celebrated the god Lupercalia on February 15 to  ask for protection  in warding off the danger of wolves.  The second is  a myth of   St. Valentine, a priest  who lived in the 3rd century in Rome during the rule of  Claudius II. 382px-St-valentine_110921-01 The emperor decide he needed more soldiers and that single men were his preference because they would not be missing their wives when off on a campaign.  Being the emperor, he had no restraints and outlawed marriage for all young men of soldiering  age.  The priest Valentine thought it was unfair and chose to marry loving young couples in secret.  Claudius learned of this disobedience and had him thrown into prison and later put to death.  Not sure if he was eaten by the lions!  Tradition is that young couples whom he married left him cards, notes, and flowers when they visited him in prison. Another slightly different version is that Valentine, the priest, while in prison, fell in love with the jailer’s daughter.Before his death, he sent the first ‘Valentine” to his love and wrote her a letter which he signed as  ‘Your Valentine.’  These words are still used on valentines today!

This holiday has been a favorite and celebrated since the Middle Ages.  In my class each year the celebration was a joyful time. Students would bring in valentines. . . .usually generic ones, but sometime in higher grades special cards and even gifts, deliver them into white bakery bags decorated with hearts that perched on each one’s desk. No party is complete without a game or two. IMG_0650

For the party, moms would come with four favorite ice cream flavors voted on by the students, with cone bowls, and every imaginable topping for the students to load  onto their ice cream!  DSC01547

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Red roses say “I love you !”  I am sure your love would be most happy to receive some from you !  There is still time . . . . . . . 800px-Valentines_day_flowers

Before I end this, just a note. . . . .I saw on another  blog, this morning that Iran has outlawed Valentine’s Day because of its origin in ancient Christianity.  That is sad as I think we can all agree that what the world needs is love. . . . . (Thanks Dianne Warwick, and Hal David and Burt Bacharach)

Images from Wikeopedia and Google images. . . public domain                       text from http://www.primarygames.com

About Anne Bell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Namaste ! (India's ciao.) T I I (This is India!) Anne
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21 Responses to Valentine’s Day

  1. love is something that should be celebrated 365 days every year and 366 every leap year :)

    • annetbell says:

      You are right! Too bad we have to have a reminder! Many people think it is just a capitalist ploy to sell cards and such! I guess I enjoy the excuse to celebrate love! 8-). Thanks for the reminder. . . . .

  2. Morgan says:

    So Very Lovely! Happy Valentines Day :)

  3. YellowCable says:

    The deserts look good! Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • annetbell says:

      They sure do. Husband and I are trying to get our weight under control so there will be no candy or sweets today for me. He says that we are the only two people since the beginning of tourism in India who return home weighing more than we did when we left! 8-)

  4. So interesting…great post! :)

  5. Happy valentine’s Day. So nice of you to make me a present of following my blog. Hope you enjoy. I am following you as well.

  6. jazzytower says:

    Lovely! Now, I am off to get some ice cream with everything on it. Yum.

  7. All is nice and thanks… ;)

  8. Thank you for all of the background and history, always so interesting ☺️ happy valentines day xx

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