Who was Valentine? When he lived? Everything you need to know before Valentine’s Day. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching.
We have gathered all the information about man to give him a useful guide. Valentine’s Day is almost here. Loved couples prepare for the most romantic day of the year. And singles, alike, are cursing their luck, since another V Day runs away without someone they love.
But where does Valentine’s Day come from? Who was Valentine? Do not fear, we have you covered.
Who is he?
Stories about Valentine are scarce and vary widely, but it is widely believed that he was a Roman saint from the third century.
When he lived?
According to the official biography of the Diocese of Terni, Bishop Valentine was born and lived in Interamna. He was apparently imprisoned and tortured in Rome on February 14, 273. His body was quickly buried in a nearby cemetery, before his disciples later came and took him home. However, there are disputes with up to three saints that could have been Valentine himself.
What did he do?
According to some stories, he helped the Christians, a crime at that time, helping them to marry and other works. The emperor arrested him and when he did not die by stoning, he was beheaded.
Another popular story is that it helped restore the sight of a blind young woman. After convincing others of his faith, he was executed by the emperor.
When did he die?
Several dates are given: 269, 270 or 273.
Where are your remains now?
A skull that is believed to be his is held in glass in Rome, but that is not the whole story. Parts of his skull could also be in Chelmno in Poland. His shoulder blade is in the Czech Republic and is now on permanent display in a church in Prague. It is also said that there are remains in Dublin, Roquemare in France, Glasgow and Florissant in Missouri.
Was there more than one Valentine?
The reports are incomplete, but there could have been up to three different saints associated with February 14. However, there are 11 other saints with the name of Valentine commemorated in the Roman Catholic Church.
Where does Valentine’s Day come from?
The death of one or more saints with the name of Valentine was linked to February 14. In some places it is suggested that Valentine’s Day was created as an antidote to the pagan festivals of Lupercalia, in mid-February in Rome.
Alternatively, in the Middle Ages it was believed that birds mated in pairs in mid-February. This was in turn associated with Valentine’s Day. The day was associated for the first time with the romance of the author Geoffrey Chaucer.
In the eighteenth century it became an occasion when people exchanged their love in the form of gifts, flowers and, in more modern times, greeting cards.