Today is February 14th, Valentine’s Day Lovers around the world use this special occasion to celebrate and exchange gifts. You may also have given roses, chocolates, and greeting cards to your loved one. Maybe have an idea to take him/her to a dinner party or take him/her to a romantic evening for Valentine’s celebration. You may have written poems, quotes, etc., and shared photos as the Facebook page fills up. But why would you do that? Is it necessary to do so? What happens if you forget? Did lovers have done the same in the past?
You probably don’t know much about this other than the day of the celebration and the name “Saint Valentine” Do you think back then Valentine’s Day was the kind of festival which you celebrate today?. This article is about the history of Valentine’s Day and how it is celebrated today.
Day of the Saint “Valentine”
For those of other faiths, consider this as lover’s Day, but in Catholicism, it is Saint Valentine’s Day. Although there were several saints and priests by the name of Valentine, we are talking about a Catholic priest during the reign of Claudius II in Rome.
In the third century CE, Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade young men from marrying. Saying that the minds of those who are single and unmarried are not attracted to their wives or children because they have none. Priest Valentine publicly declared the law unfair and secretly married young men and women in his church. Angered by the priest’s action, the emperor arrested him and sentenced him to death.
Other legends say that he was punished for helping the Romans escape, who was imprisoned for choosing Christianity. According to other legends, while he was in prison, he sent the world’s first Valentine greeting card to the prison warden’s daughter, he signed it as “your Valentine”.
In the early days, love was not associated with Valentine’s Day. But due to a poem by ‘Jeffrey Chaucer’ the poet who lived in England, an idea arose that love was associated with Valentine’s Day. Readers of this poem thought that Chaucer called Valentine’s Day “The Day Of Lovers”
Around the end of the 18th century, in 1797, an English publisher published a book entitled The Young Man’s Valentine. This book provided some emotional poetry for those who could not write sweet poems for their girlfriends. After that, books full of this kind of poetry began to be published for both men and women.
In the 19th century, exchanging Valentine’s cards had become a common thing among lovers. By the twentieth century, not only cards but also gifts such as chocolate and roses were exchanged. And it became quite a fashion.
Historical romances that marked tragic endings
We should not forget about famous love stories in the past as we talk about history. There is not a heart that has not been written a love story. The charm of love that nobody was ever able to describe, was Unfolding throughout history in myths and legends. Next up is few terrifying love stories that say happened in the world and marked the end.
- Paris and Helen
According to Greek historical stories or mythologies, the unacceptable love between Paris and Helen makes the way to the famous troy war. It says that the love between Trojan prince Paris and Sparta’s princess Helen happened because of the Greek goddess of lust. Price Paris who was traveling in Sparta made a way to a big war by taking Helen who was the wife of the king of Sparta, to his state. In that war prince, Paris got injured and Princess Helen who was considered the most beautiful woman at that time was owned by her husband.
- Orpheus and Eurydice
Orpheus who was the greatest Musician in Greece according to Greek myths, married to beautiful Eurydice. After Eurydice died because of the snake biting Orpheus went to the world of the dead to Satisfy the king hades who was the Lord underworld and gods, by music and bring his wife back. He got permission to bring Eurydice back to his world with the promise not to look at Eurydice until exceeds the boundary of the underworld. But Eurydice went back to the underworld by making a sad end to their love story because Orpheus looked at his beautiful wife in the last step of the underworld.
- Cleopatra and Mark Antony
This World famous Egyptian love story ended with a tragedy. Cleopatra and Mark Antony committed suicide after their army in front of roman emperor Augustus. Mark Antony committed suicide by Stabbed himself with a sword because of the wrong news that his girlfriend died and Cleopatra committed suicide by Bitten by a snake. History has it that they were both buried in the same place.
- Romeo and Juliet
This Love poem which was written by William Shakespeare around 1590, is considered a famous love tragedy. Shakespeare has got Inspiration to this love story by a poem that was written by Arthur Brock in 1560.according to some people another ancient story has based on this love story and among them, roman love story Pyramus and This-be The tragedy of love. In both of these love stories lovers could not be together and the boyfriend suicide first because of the information that the girlfriend has died. After that girlfriend also follows the boyfriend’s way after knowing that the boyfriend has died by proving the true love never dies.
- Shah Jahan and Mumtaz
Their love story has been popular all over the world because of the Taj Mahal that was left as their Souvenirs of a love story. The love story of this Mughal royal couple ended because Mumtaz died in the 14th childbirth. King Mughal went down from physically and mentally made Taj Mahal by making it an immortal souvenir of his dead love. Later time shah Jahan who died as he was a prisoner of his son, was buried next to Mumtaz.
- Napoleon and Joséphine
The specialty of emperor napoleon and Josephine’s love story is not only Josephine was 6 years older than napoleon but also she had two children from a previous marriage. Two days after their marriage Napoleon went to the Italian war front and after that, the love relationship that Josephine had with another Lieutenant caused them to break their love. Because of this Betrayal, Napoleon divorced Josephine and after that, he married an Austrian girl named Marie Louise.
- King Alexander I of Serbia and Draga Masin
This love story also caught the attention of many people because king alexander married Draga who was 12 years old than him and a widow, without the royal family’s willingness. Because of this reason, he faced the threat to lose the crown and it was based on various uprisings across the country against the royal family. King alexander fought for his love during all of this and eventually both of them were killed in the place of an invasion.
- Bonnie and Clyde
About these two is written in history as two murderous lovers. Their gang including them had killed nine policemen and many civilians. This couple that fell in love at their friend’s house did various Robbery and they were 25 and 23 old when they died because of Police shooting at the same place.
Valentine’s Day is like a festival that is celebrated with great fanfare, except for Christmas and other holidays. It is not a lie to say that this all of this is a manipulation of peoples’ minds by clever businessmen. We believe that there is no need to celebrate ‘Love’ like this.
On this day there is so much offering for those silly couples which comes in cheap “packages”. All of this is done by those clever merchants. Florists introduce flowers to them and they also don’t forget to increase the price of a normal flower like a rose from the average of $ 4-6 to $ 20.Valentine specials are also added to restaurant menus.
These days, Society says that it’s a shame not to celebrate Valentine’s Day or to be single on that day. Isn’t it?
Various companies are pushing you to buy what you do not need and to celebrate an unnecessary occasion. They have so strongly imprinted this opinion on the minds of the people. As for today, lovers are expected to give their girlfriends not only sweets, chocolates, but also precious diamond rings, jewelry, luxury trips, and expensive dinners.
And if their lover fails to do so, some may be tempted to admit that he or she does not fit in.
In this case, as BIG Legend ONE, We think that it’s your right to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not. There is no shame if you can’t celebrate because there is no need to get manipulated by either society or some ‘love traders’, you also don’t need a special day to show your partner that you love him or her. If your love is true, there is a whole year to show it rather than the 14th of February.