Valentine’s Day

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Valentine day is considered as the day of love and affection. According to the Western church
it should be celebrated in 14
th of February. But, according to the Eastern Orthodox Church it is
fixed to 30
th of July. However, it is celebrated all over the world annually. The significance of
the day is it is the feast day of Saint Valentine. Therefore, it is also called as Saint Valentine’s
Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. Valentine’s Day is now recognized as a significant cultural,
religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although
it is not a public holiday in any country. There is a beautiful story for the Valentine’s day.
The story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor
and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II and the Christian was Valentinus.
Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable
by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ;
not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and
During the last weeks of Valentinus’s life a remarkable thing happened. Seeing that he was a
man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus
for lessons. She had been blind since birth. Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind.
Valentinus read stories of Rome’s history to her. He described the world of nature to her.He

taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted his
wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.
“Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?” Julia asked one day.
“Yes, my child, He hears each one.”
“Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want
so much to see everything you’ve told me about!”
“God does what is best for us if we will only believe in him,” Valentinus said.
“Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!” She knelt and grasped his hand.
They sat quietly together, each praying. Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison
cell. Radiant, Julia screamed, “Valentinus, I can see! I can see!”
“Praise be to God!” Valentinus exclaimed, and he knelt in prayer.
On the eve of his death Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He
signed it, “From your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270
A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. He was buried at what
is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond
tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.
As the observances, it can be seen sending greeting cards and gifts, dating, church services in
this day. The red rose is considered as the most common gift that change among most of the
people who celebrate this Valentine’s day. So, in this day our wish is to full your life with love
and friendship forever.
Happy Valentine’s Day!