Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebration of Valentine's Day today as flashed on the f.b. on Feb.14,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

The people living all over the globe celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February every year without going into detail of its history and origin. Over a billion of Valentine’s Day Greetings Cards are sent each year by people at large to their nearest and dearest one all over the world.. Let us have glimpsed of history and origin of Valentine’s Day and celebrate it with gaiety and fervor and wish everybody a very happy Valentine’s Day in their long and blissful life!


..(Photo of Rose flowers in a full of basket)

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Bishwa Nath Singh :
The origins of Valentine's Day dates back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia that was being held on the 15th of February .As legend goes that during these times boys and girls were segregated. However, the young people had a cus...tom that began on the eve of the Festival of Lupercalia. The girl's names were written on pieces of paper and inserted into jars. Each boy then drew a girl's name from the jar and they were partners throughout the Festival. After being paired, the children would often continue to see each other throughout the year and on occasion even fell in love and got married.. Emperor Claudius II of Rome, also known as Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time recruiting men as soldiers. He believed that the men did not want to leave their sweethearts and cancelled all engagements and marriages throughout Rome. St. Valentine, a priest of Rome at the time, secretly married couples. He was eventually caught, arrested and condemned. He was beaten to death and beheaded on the 14th of February around the year 270. Lupercalia was a feast to a heathen God. Pastors and priests of the early Christian church did away with the pagan custom by replacing the names of the girls with the names of saints. They chose St. Valentine's Day as the day of celebration for the new feast. Lupercalia honored the Gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.In addition to a very fascinating feast, Lupercalia festivities were reported to include the pairing of young women and men. Men would draw women's names from a box, and each couple would be paired until next year celebration. While this pairing of couples set the tone for today's holiday, it wasn't called "Valentine's Day" until a priest named Valentine came along. Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II's decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on the 14th of February .After Valentine's death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from the 15th of February to the 14th of February and renamed it St. Valentine's Day to honor Saint Valentine. As per Roman mythology; Cupid was the son of Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Cupid was known to cause people to fall in love by shooting them with his magical arrows. But Cupid didn't just cause others to fall in love - he himself fell deeply in love. As legend goes, Cupid fell in love with a mortal maiden named Psyche. Cupid married Psyche, but Venus, jealous of Psyche's beauty, forbade her daughter-in-law to look at Cupid. Psyche, of course, couldn't resist temptation and sneaked a peek at her handsome husband. As punishment, Venus demanded that she perform three hard tasks, the last of which had caused Psyche's death. Cupid brought Psyche back to life and the Gods, moved by their love, granted Pysche immortality. Cupid thus represents the heart and struggles of the human soul. The very expression "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from a Valentine's Day party tradition. Young women would write their names on slips of paper to be drawn by young men. A man would then wear a woman's presentation as token of love. Let us join to celebrate Valentine’s Day with gaiety and pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Saint Valentine who was killed while performing good job that were very soothing to God!


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