By: Miguel González Fuentes
Meaning of Valentines's Day
Valentine's Day is synonymous with friendship, affection, love, solidarity, and even sacrifice. These words enclose strong feelings that unite, teach, hurt, comfort, crown, and can change lives and the course of humanity. But why do the works of this character of antiquity bring joy and paint the month of February red?
According to religious documents, at the end of the third century of the Christian era, a Roman priest named Valentine won the admiration of the people for his charity, friendship, love for his neighbor, visiting homes, and, mainly, for risking his life for those in love. He was a life lesson.
These exemplary actions cost Valentin his life. It secretly united couples in marriage, because the Roman emperor Claudius II forbade the marriage of young men because he believed that bachelors made better soldiers. The emperor learned of the liaisons officiated by the priest Valentinus and ordered him imprisoned, martyred, and executed on February 14th, 270
Tradition has it that when Valentine was in prison he cured the blindness of Julia, the daughter of a Roman guard. It is also said that he made a great friendship with her, and one day before the priest was executed, he wrote her a letter which he signed thus: "From your Valentine".
Origin of the day of Affection
Several facts and symbols gave rise to the Day of Affection, Friendship Day, Lovers' Day, or Valentine's Day. According to Christian archives, after every marriage he celebrated, the priest Valentinus gave red roses to the couples. It is also known that Julia planted an almond tree with pink flowers next to the tomb of the religious, in gratitude that he gave her back her sight.
Later, in the year 494, February 14 was fixed to honor St. Valentine. His mortal remains are preserved in the basilica of the same name, located in the Italian city of Terni. Every February 14th, hundreds of couples get engaged to be married in this temple.
Valentine's Day survived despite the passage of time. In the 15th century lovers and friends wrote each other poems known as valentines. About 150 years ago, the printing of cards with messages of love and friendship, and with images of Valentine's Day, hearts, red roses, and cupids were industrialized.
February 14th is a propitious date to reinforce friendship, affection, and love among friends, couples, marriages, siblings, families, and towns. We must strengthen fraternal, maternal, and conjugal affection, courtship, love of self, and love of God.
This date is commemorated especially in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, but has spread to the rest of the world, since affection, friendship, and love know no borders. For example, children and young people exchange candy and cards in schools.
Data and Curiosities
The word friendship comes from the Latin words amicus (friend) and amore (to love).
The almond tree is a symbol of love and friendship.
A kiss accelerates the heart rate by 60 to 100 heartbeats per minute.
It is said that a person falls in love seven times before getting married.
It is believed that love is like a small child (cupid) because it is not pe