February 14, Saint Valentine's Day. In historical occasions it was mentioned that birds selected their mates on this present day. Did folks actually consider this? Or did they hear birds' mating calls after the lengthy winter days and determine to do one thing about discovering themselves companions? That appears extra probably.
Saint Valentine lived within the days earlier than Valentine playing cards. He was a priest who lived in Rome through the rule of Claudius II. One story relates that the emperor was annoyed that there have been too few troopers for his wars. Married males didn’t need to go away their households, so he divorced marriage ceremonies. When he found that Valentine had been secretly becoming a member of in matrimony, the priest was solid right into a dungeon, the place he died. One other story says that Claudius punished Valentine for serving to Christian martyrs. He was overwhelmed and beheaded on February 14, 270 AD, and lies buried within the church of St. Louis. Praxedes.
Saint Valentine's ache is gone, however his sacrifice is commemorated in ways in which would shock him. On Valentine's Day in 1996 the Toronto Globe & Mail described a comparatively new type of romance. Just a few weeks earlier, John Goydan of Bridgewater, New Jersey, sued his spouse, Diane, for divorce on the grounds that she had dedicated adultery – though her solely conferences together with her challenged intercourse accomplice had been on a pc display. And on this present day in 2001, extremist Hindus in India attacked flower stands promoting roses. In China, card retailers had been ransacked. The most recent pattern: sarcastic Valentine playing cards that remember "VD" – Valentine's Day. In spite of everything this, Saint Valentine would have been happy that now on Valentine's Day love is widely known somewhat than punished, as he had been so cruelly punished on February 14, 270 AD.