UPDATE: This video is now being featured on Mashable
Every February 14, almost every people in the world celebrate valentine days. They celebrate it by giving chocolate, flowers, or greeting card to people they love. It is not known exactly why February, 14 is celebrated as valentine day and a love supremacy. The origin of this day is very difficult to find.
Versions of Valentine’s Day History
There are at least three known martyrs with the name of Saint Valentine. One was a priest at Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna, and the third one was another martyr who suffered in Africa. Strangely enough, all three received their martyrdom at February 14th.
Other than these Valentines, The Roman martyrology listed another seven who died on the other day than February 14th, and another four with unrecorded date. In short, there were actually eleven other Saint Valentines.
The most popular version happened at the end of Roman empire’s golden era. At that time, Claudius II banned marriage for young people. Claudius II thought that marriage make young people attached to their family, and won’t make a good soldier.
As a bishop, Valentine silently against this rule. He secretly performed marriage between lovers that came to him, but it doesn’t last long. The Roman empire heard about secret marriage ceremonies, and Valentine was thrown to jail.
Valentine was also known about his ability to heal people. While he was in prison, Asterius who was his jailer asked him to heal his blind daughter. Valentine did succeed in healing Asterius’ daughter, and deep friendship formed between Valentine and Asterius’ daughter.
Claudius II finally executed Valentine and put him to death. Before his death, Valentine asked for a pen and paper; he wrote a letter to Asterius’ daughter signed “from your valentine”.
These notorious words finally remain forever, celebrated by young people all over the world.
In another version, Valentine’s day started in ancient Rome. It was celebrated to honor Juno, the queen of Rome’s God and Goddess that also the Goddess of women and marriage. They also held Lupercalia festival on the next day after this celebration.
At the time, young boys and girls were strictly separated, Lupercalia was a festival that drew boys and girls together. They put a Roman girl’s name in a jar, and let the boys pick a girl’s name and become partners during this festival.
Which version do you love more? In my opinion, the first version is reasonable enough if we celebrate Valentine’s day as a love representation. So, are you ready for valentine? Prepare yourself and show love to the peoples you care. Happy Valentine’s day!!
We believed that the first version sounds much more dramatic and represents the words Valentine as the day where lovers share their affection.
So that’s why we create this video based on the first version, Bishop Valentine who had helped a lot of lovers united through marriages.
Saint Valentine was a bishop who lived in the third century in Rome. During his lifetime, Roman empire was crumbling down from the attacks of surrounding tribes.
Emperor Claudius II who ruled during the chaos believed that marriage made soldiers weak, he issued an edict that forbade marriage to ensure the quality of his soldiers.
The ban on marriage was a great shock.
The kind bishop noticed the injustice of the decree, he held the law of the church and helped lovers who came to him, uniting them in a holy matrimony, but it was only a matter of time before the Emperor heard about this “friend of lovers”, and had him arrested.
Valentine was imprisoned. While waiting for his sentence, his jailor Asterius approached him to use his saintly power, and heal his blind daughter. Valentine succeeded and her sight was restored — they became close and fell in love.
After a while, the Emperor issued a verdict, Valentine was asked to agree with the emperor about the ban on marriage, thus giving up his religion. Valentine refused.
Just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper and signed a farewell message to his lover, “from your Valentine”; a phrase that lived ever after.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Breadnbeyond.
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