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About the Valentine’s Day

About the Valentine’s Day – Valentine synonymous with flowers, chocolates, and a romantic dinner ornate candle flame. February 14 is considered as the day of love. Ironically, the day when we celebrate love, may have its origins are murky.

About Valentine’s Day

The story of Valentine’s Day can be traced from the ancient Roman era, related to pagan worship.
www.robbiflorist.com – Each February 13-15, residents celebrate the ancient Roman Lupercalia. The ceremony began with the sacrifice of two goats and a dog.

Then, half-naked man running in the streets, whipping the young girl with a bloody rope made of goatskin newly sacrificed. While it may sound like some sort of perverted sadomasochistic ritual, it made the Romans do until year 496 AD. As a rite of purification and fertility.

“The ceremony is believed to make women more fertile,” said Noel Lenski, historian from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as published by USA Today, February 13, 2014.

Peak Lupercalia on February 15, at the foot of the Palatine Hill, in addition to the cave – which is believed to be a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus – the founder of the city of Rome in Roman mythology.

In 496, Pope Gelasius I banned the Lupercalia and declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day.

But who St. Valentine? Mystery surrounds the identity of the person who supposedly is the patron saint of lovers.

Mystery 3 figure Valentine

As Liputan6.com quotes from science website LiveScience, there are at least three men were named Valentine in the 200s AD. All of them were killed in tragic.

Tentag Hari Valentine. One was a priest in the Roman Empire which helps Christians who are persecuted during the reign of Claudius II. When imprisoned, he was restoring the sight of a blind girl – who fell in love with her. The first Valentine was beheaded on February 14th.

Valentine second is a pious bishop of Terni, who also tortured and diekselusi during the reign of Claudius II, also dated February 14 – in different years with that of Terni.

Meanwhile, the third is Valentine of Genoa who secretly married couples, marriage rules issued against Claudius II.

When he was imprisoned, the legend said that he fell in love with the daughter of the person who put him in jail. Before executed sadistic, he made a love letter to her lover. Which closed with the words, ‘From your Valentine’.

February 14th and Love

Regardless of the legend, St. Valentine and love relationship emerged much later. In the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet and author of the famous book, ‘The Canterbury Tales’. Similarly, according to Andy Kelly, an expert in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, who wrote the book ‘Chaucer and the Cult of St. Valentine’.

Chaucer, wrote a poem titled Parliament of fowls (1382), to celebrate the engagement of King Richard II.

In the poem, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on May 3 -not February 14. “It is a day where all the birds chose their partners in a year,” said Kelly.

“Shortly thereafter, in one generation, people took the idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a day of love.”

Valentine is a reference Chaucer probably was Saint Valentine of Genoa who died on 3 May. But the people at that time was not so familiar with that figure. More familiar with the story of Valentine of Rome and Teri were executed on 14 February – which then is associated with love.

Origins of Valentine’s Cards

Then, 33 years later, Duke Charles of Orleans wrote what is considered as the oldest Valentine card.

Imprisoned in the Tower of London or the Tower of London after the British captured in 1415, Charles wrote a love letter to his wife rhyming, Bonne d’Armagnac – which is now kept in the British Library, London.

The poem consists of two lines, in French. Unfortunately, she passed before Charles returned to France in 1440.

However, experts English from SUNY-Buffalo State, Ann C. Colley said, giving new Valentine cards popular in England in the mid-19th century.

There are two supporters of the time: the first British postal service, Penny Post was founded – makes sending a letter be cheap and available to everyone.

The second factor, for the first time, mass produced Valentine card. Molding machine was then able to apply a number of printing methods, such as embossed, lace design, or a 3-dimensional card. Thus says professor of American history and popular culture at George Mason University.

Although culture provides Valentine cards originated from the UK, its influence spread to the United States in the 1840s.

Interestingly, in the UK, the card is not only given to people who estimated, but also on those who are not favored.

chocolate Valentine

Chocolate has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac, generating excitement. Beginning in the 17th century, when the first cocoa beans were brought to Europe from Mexico and Central America, Europeans associate with the story of Montezuma and his wives.

The 19th century was a period in which the sweets and sugary snacks is more affordable for the middle class, as the mass production of chocolate.

In 1868, Richard Cadbury issued the first Valentine’s Day chocolate. “There is a notion that makes chocolate aphrodisiac appropriate for Valentine’s Day,” said Alexandra Leaf, culinary expert and founder of Chocolate Tours of New York City.

Cupid

In the 5th century, Eros (the inspiration for the word ‘erotic’), the Greek version of Cupid, portrayed as tall young man, athletic, heroic, and have wings. Similarly Angeline said Chiu, a professor at the University of Vermont told USA Today.

Why, why now looks like a baby?

According to Chiu, Cupid transformation, from dashing young man so cute baby comes from the art of the Renaissance era.

“Raphael and other artists to paint plump little baby everywhere,” said Chiu. “They do not mean to paint Cupid. Possible to describe love in general, “he added.

However, the image of Cupid as a cute baby to survive until today.

Red roses

Hari Valentine In the 18th century, Charles II of Sweden introduced the idea that Valentine’s flower symbolizes emotion or message implied. According greenilite.com.

“Today, the red rose is associated with passionate love, pink roses for friendship, white for purity, and red-white is unity,” said Tito Wicaksono, spokesman of TWS florists.

However, he suggested, giving flowers do not have to bother thinking about the meaning. Focus on flowers favored by the recipient. (Ein / Ali)

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