Here I am sitting in my last and least favorite class of the day. Not to mention its Valentine’s Day and I finally have a date, the last place I want to be is world civ recitation. I did most of the reading for the class that week on the treacherously cold walk to class in fear of a quiz. Correct to my suspicions I was right, and false to my expectation I did quite well until I got to the bonus…
What country did Valentine’s Day originate in? When did it begin being celebrated?
Then it hit me…. I had not a clue in the world. Valentine? Um, hmm kind of sounds like a roman name, St. Valentine? Yeah! Yeah, I think that’s right, I will go with that. Oh man I’m thinking at least in the 1900s I mean you never heard about Cesar doing anything for valentines and that was way before the Byzantines….
So, I finished with two wild guesses, the one about St Valentine being right. Although, this got me to think, why do people celebrate a holiday that they have no idea what or who it is they are celebrating and what was the proper way to celebrate? So like any kid, I went on the internet to further my research about this holiday and ended up finding an interesting article on inventors.com; Turns out historians argue about Valentines’ true identity although they know indefinitely that he was roman, he was said to have wrote a letter in prison to a jailers daughter and then in the 15th century a man did the same and by the 18th century couples all over were exchanging handwritten letters. It wasn’t until 1840 that it became a well known holiday in America and now people all over the world participate in spending time with those that they love, exchanging gifts, passion and have a good time doing the things that they love.