History of Valentine’s Day Love
Candy, balloons, flowers, cards, chocolate…It’s VALENTINE’S DAY!! Valentine’s Day originated back to 270 A.D, with a classic clash between a priest (St Valentine) and the ruler. A priest that held secret marriage ceremonies for young men (soldiers) and this was strictly prohibited by law! All in the name of love… Valentine’s Day has evolved and changed over the years, but the basic LOVE theme has always been the reason for the celebration. Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world…here are some ways other countries celebrate:
Japan. On February 14th, women buy Hom-mei, a chocolate strictly for boyfriends and husbands. Women have to wait the whole month to receive their gift, which is usually white chocolate.
South Africa. Week long celebrations and parties take place in South Africa. Young girls celebrate the day by celebrating a tradition called “Lupercalia.” This tradition requires girls to pin the name of their lover on their sleeve.
Scotland. Imagine celebrating a romantic day with a complete stranger. A popular tradition in Scottish culture is “The Search of the Valentine Date.” The first man or woman a person sees on the street becomes his or her Valentine.
United Kingdom. Along with exchanging cards, chocolates and flowers, Brits write sonnets and verses to each other. Children also join in the fun by spending the day singing songs.
Here is the Urban Dictionary’s definition of LOVE:
The most spectacular, indescribable, deep euphoric feeling for someone.
Love is an incredibly powerful word. When you’re in love, you always want to be together, and when you’re not, you’re thinking about being together because you need that person and without them your life is incomplete.
This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone. It’s when you trust the other with your life and when you would do anything for each other. When you love someone you want nothing more than for them to be truly happy no matter what it takes because that’s how much you care about them and because their needs come before your own. You hide nothing of yourself and can tell the other anything because you know they accept you just the way you are and vice versa.
It’s when they’re the last thing you think about before you go to sleep and when they’re the first thing you think of when you wake up, the feeling that warms your heart and leaves you overcome by a feeling of serenity. Love involves wanting to show your affection and/or devotion to each other. It’s the smile on your face you get when you’re thinking about them and miss them.
Love can make you do anything and sacrifice for what will be better in the end. Love is intense, and passionate. Everything seems brighter, happier and more wonderful when you’re in love. If you find it, don’t let it go.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.