Valentines Day

June 8, 2007 – 7:29 pm


The Origin Of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day!  In ancient Rome February 14th was the day for worshipping the Goddess Juno the consort of Jupiter and Queen of the Roman pantheon and associated with the Greek Goddess Hera, wife of Zeus. The sacred marriage was held in the month of Gamelion – mid January to mid February.  February 15th is the beginning of the Roman festival of Lupercalia. Two youths used to run a course round the Palatine with strips of goat-hide in their hands. A blow from one of these thongs was believed to produce fertility in women.
Valentine’s Day also is the same day marked for lottery lovers. It dates back to Roman times when young boys and girls had to lead strict separate lives. But on this day on the eve of the festival of Lupercal the names of young girls were written and placed in jars. Each young man would draw a girls name and she would then be his partner during the duration of the festival. Sometimes the pairing lasted for a year or maybe a lifetime.
Emperor Claudius was a cruel bloody ruler. When he could not recruit enough soldiers for his endless campaigns he blamed it on the men not wanting to leave their lovers and families. Consequently he cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. St. Valentine was a Christian priest who secretly got couples married. He was apprehended and jailed. But many visited him and showered him with notes of good wishes and flowers. One of these people was the daughter of the prison guard. Before being hauled off to his fate this holy priest left her a note thanking her for her support and signing it of as ‘Your Valentine’. Finally on the fatal day in February they dragged into the presence of the Prefect of Rome before being clubbed and beheaded. The day of his martyrdom is celebrated as Valentine’s Day.
Valentine is the name of several saints of whom two were celebrated martyrs during the reign of Emperor Claudius. One was a Roman who was killed for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on 14th February 269 AD.  Their festivals fall on 14th February. It is a popular belief that on this day birds mate and sweethearts are chosen.. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day in honour of the martyr. In 1969 the Roman Catholic Church formally recognized eleven martyrs to be honoured by that name on Valentine’s Day.
In course of time February 14th or Valentine’s Day became the date for exchanging messages of love. St. Valentine became the patron saint of love. Poems and simple gifts of flowers were exchanged and there was often a social gathering like a ball.
There is a tradition behind the observance of Valentine’s Day. Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults went singing from house to house. In Wales carved wooden love spoons were gifted. Hearts, keys and keyholes were the favored decorations on the spoons. It referred to the unlocking of hearts. In the Middle Ages the young would draw names from a bowl and wear these on their sleeves for a week, for all to see. During the time of Chaucer traditional courtly love began to flourish. Chaucer used to spell it as ‘Volantynysday’. He wrote a poem about birds coming to choose their mate on this day in honour of the engagement between Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia.  In some other countries if young girls retained the gift that she had received it would mean that she agreed to marry him. A popular belief was that if a woman saw a Robin flying on Valentine’s Day it would signify her marriage with a sailor. Seeing a sparrow meant a happy union with a poor man. Sighting a goldfish meant marriage with a millionaire. In Paris a High Court of Love was established on Valentine’s Day 1400 dealing with love contracts, betrayals and violence. Women on the basis of poetry reading selected the judges.
Valentine’s Day does not seem to be confined only to western culture. In China The Night of the Sevens is dedicated to Love. In Japan and Korea a day known as White Day is celebrated a day after Valentine’s Day in honor of the young and love.
In USA Miss Esther Howland was the first one to send a Valentine’s card. Her father owned a stationery store and sales boomed. During the 19th century commercial valentines came to be introduced. Today the day and date means big business. Even children are exchanging cards at school. Since 2001 Greeting Card Association has started giving an annual prize –Esther Howland Award – for the most innovative card.
There are gifts galore to tempt the giddy young and it is a season for cards. After Christmas this is the time for card manufacturers to make hay. They have very cleverly manipulated a taste for the Valentine Day’s culture into a global market. Gifts are no longer simple. The diamond industry has started selling itself and others are not left behind. All this set off ripples of anti-Valentine’s Day protests in traditional pockets of the world.   A recent trend is to mark February 14th as Single Awareness Day.

Say I love you in 100 different languages:

English – I love you
Afrikaans – Ek het jou lief
Albanian – Te dua
Arabic – Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic – Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian – Yes kez sirumen
Bambara – M’bi fe
Bangla – Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi
Belarusian – Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya – Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian – Obicham te
Cambodian – Soro lahn nhee ah
Cantonese Chinese – Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan – T’estimo
Cheyenne – Ne mohotatse
Chichewa – Ndimakukonda
Corsican – Ti tengu caru (to male)
Creol – Mi aime jou
Croatian – Volim te
Czech – Miluji te
Danish – Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch – Ik hou van jou
Esperanto – Mi amas vin
Estonian – Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian – Afgreki’
Faroese – Eg elski teg
Farsi – Doset daram
Filipino – Mahal kita
Finnish – Mina rakastan sinua
French – Je t’aime, Je t’adore
Frisian – Ik hâld fan dy
Gaelic – Ta gra agam ort
Georgian – Mikvarhar
German – Ich liebe dich
Greek – S’agapo
Gujarati – Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon – Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian – Aloha Au Ia`oe (Thanks Craig)
Hebrew – Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew – Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hiligaynon – Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi – Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong – Kuv hlub koj
Hopi – Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
Hungarian – Szeretlek
Icelandic – Eg elska tig
Ilonggo – Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu
Inuit – Negligevapse
Irish – Taim i’ ngra leat
Italian – Ti amo
Japanese – Aishiteru
Kannada – Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan – Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili – Nakupenda
Konkani – Tu magel moga cho
Korean – Sarang Heyo
Latin – Te amo
Latvian – Es tevi miilu
Lebanese – Bahibak
Lithuanian – Tave myliu
Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam – Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Mandarin Chinese – Wo ai ni
Marathi – Me tula prem karto
Mohawk – Kanbhik
Moroccan – Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl – Ni mits neki
Navaho – Ayor anosh’ni
Norwegian – Jeg Elsker Deg
Pandacan – Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan – Inaru Taka
Papiamento – Mi ta stimabo
Persian – Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin – Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish – Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese – Eu te amo
Romanian – Te iubesc
Russian – Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic – Tha gra\dh agam ort
Serbian – Volim te
Setswana – Ke a go rata
Sign Language – ,\,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing’I Love You’)
Sindhi – Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux – Techihhila
Slovak – Lu`bim ta
Slovenian – Ljubim te
Spanish – Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili – Ninapenda wewe
Swedish – Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German – Ich lieb Di
Tagalog – Mahal kita
Taiwanese – Wa ga ei li
Tahitian – Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil – Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Telugu – Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai – Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai – Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish – Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian – Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu – mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
Vietnamese – Anh ye^u em (to female)
Vietnamese – Em ye^u anh (to male)
Welsh – ‘Rwy’n dy garu di
Yiddish – Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba – Mo ni fe

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  1. 17 Responses to “Valentines Day”

  2. I Love my friend

    By Khawaja Arif Majeed on Feb 8, 2008


    By Colina Lowery on Feb 12, 2008

  4. I Love my Goal to be a Movie Director.
    I Love my Frnds
    I Love my Parents

    And I LOve my sweet Heart! (Ssshh.. Dont try to find the name!)

    By Srinu Pandranki on Feb 14, 2008


    By Danny Kates on Feb 14, 2008

  6. Will u go out with me megan?

    By Danny Kates on Feb 14, 2008

  7. i really love you HASE!

    By CROW on Feb 14, 2008

  8. Love me for a reason….I need true love…PURE

    By avinash on Feb 14, 2008

  9. Thanks to St. Valentine.. may this day be celebrated forever n ever…..

    Love U all……

    By Patrose on Feb 14, 2008

  10. I love to all who believe in peace and harmony….

    By Ahmad on Feb 14, 2008

  11. i love u my dear hubby


    By kalyani on Feb 14, 2008


    By Shanike on Feb 14, 2008

  13. I love my husband harry.
    me and him have 6 kids together.
    im pregnant with twins!

    By Jenisa. on Feb 14, 2008

  14. man in love will always be happy and man in lust will never be satisfied

    By elvis on Feb 17, 2008

  15. I LUV U DEVON!!!!! WITH ALL MY HEART!!!!!!!!!

    By sandersia on Feb 14, 2009

  16. Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking you feeds also, Thanks.

    By Shawn Bertolasio on Apr 27, 2009

  17. Valentine died for suporting love and marriges and became a history, he did not support sin and killings, most youngstars misunderstands ‘love’, ‘valentine’ for fornication and iniquity, The most important death was that of our Lord Jesus christ who died for the love of the whole universe not to perish in sin, so please, lets all abide in him.
    LOVE FROM DONATUS on valentine day!

    By Donatus Eyo on Feb 14, 2012

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