Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Secret Behind Valentine's Day


While most of the people in love today are celebrating or will be celebrating the so-called Love Day, others actually don't. Why? For the reason that they know the secret behind the celebration of Valentine's Day.

So, what is this all about saying that Valentine's Day isn't actually the true meaning of its day of celebration? Well, for sure, you've googled it already and you have found the answer to this secret that is in reality not a secret anymore. According to History or written records about the early flourish of Christianity, February 13 to 15 are the days of celebrating the pagan festivity that is called Lupercalla. If you know the story of Romulus and Remus, then you'd probably know who kept these twins, the mythical she-wolf who lives in a cave called the Lupercal. So, the festival is about it and also to honor the Roman god of shepherds called Lupercus. Basically, it is a fertility festival.

Since it is a pagan practice, and the Roman Christians wanted to Christianized the pagans, the church replaced this celebration to honor one of the saints, St. Valentine. Though, there is a rumor that there were three (3) martyrs who were given the name Valentine or Valentinus. It was around 496 AD when Pope Gelasius delegated February 14 as the day to honor St. Valentine as the patron saint of lovers. Later on, it was removed by Pope Paul VI from the church's calendar of saints. Even though it was removed it was still celebrated until now but not as the official celebration of saints.

Today it is considered a worldwide celebration not just of a saint but of different lovers in the world. Now, will you consider knowing that Valentine's Day is actually the Fertility Festival?

Perhaps we can just simply get the fact from the bible that "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). I remember reading an article's title "God Did Not Say 'Be My Valentine!'

So, I think it doesn't have to have a date to say that you love that person. It should be every minute of your life. "So love not just for the reason but love because you love."

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