Sunday, February 14, 2010
Today sitting here without a Valentine so to speak, i started to wonder how, when and why this tradition started so did some investigating.................
Several tales have taken root as the cultural heart of Valentine's Day, most of which stem from the .
One legend describes a priest named Valentine who lived during the third century in Rome. The was building up a military at the time and supposedly thought single men would make better soldiers. To build a stronger army, the emperor outlawed marriage for young men. Feeling this sweetheart ban was unjust, Valentine apparently performed secret marriage ceremonies. When found out, legend has it the love priest was put to death.
Valentine's name was not associated with romantic and courtly love until the 14th century, when Geoffrey Chaucer incorporated St. Valentine's Day into his love poem "The Parliament of Fowls," according to Philip Florio, assistant to the vice president of student life at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
The ensuing Valentine's Day has been linked with heroism and romantic love for centuries. Flowers, candies and syrupy-sweet cards help men and women profess their love for one another.
In 1868, Richard Cadbury released the first Valentine's Day box of chocolates, followed in 1902 with the first "conversation" hearts from the New England Confectionary Company. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland created the first commercial Valentine's Day cards in the United States. In 1913, the Hallmark Company produced its first .
Now that you are all educated in why we celebrate Valentines day, i would just like to wish you all a great day, as gory as the history of it might he, all that beheading and stuff. What I will say is that we are all need to be loved, we all need our hearts to miss a beat when that special person comes into the room........ never stop looking until you find that person never settle for second best ................ you are the only one who will pay in the end ........... because to go through life with out true love, is like salt without pepper, a sunflower without the sun, a canary without a song, a child without laughter, never take the risk of looking back and realising that you never really knew what life was ................ it is just too short .............