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February 12, 2012


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So, I'm gonna try to be as un-cliche as possible, and instead of posting something lovey-dovey or something about today being single's awareness day, I'm taking a different route. And please read all the way to the end.

In the year 270, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II, Rome was at war, and he banned the tradition of a lottery, where when the names of a young man and woman were drawn, and if those two fell in love, and remained in love for a year, they would get married. Claudius II was afraid that young men who were in love wouldn't want to go to war, so to not only did he ban this tradition, he also banned all marriages and engagements. Imagine how those people must have felt, young lovers unable to wed?

But there was someone who hated Claudius II and his meaningless and bloody campaigns. His name was Valentine. Valentine was was a priest in Rome at the time, and he hated how Claudius II had banned something God had deemed holy and sacred. So, with the help of his friend Marius, they secretly married couples. For a short time all was well, until somehow Claudius II found out. To punish the kindly priest, he ordered that Valentine was dragged out before the Prefect Of Rome, and beaten to death with clubs, and to have his head cut off.

The day of the priest Valentine's martyrdom, according to modern calenders, is February 14th, around the year 270.

So, think about this when eating your chocolates, watching your sappy romance movies, and sharing kisses with your special someone: Almost 2,000 years ago, a kindly priest died, just so people could get married. That might change your outlook on this day just a little bit.


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Mahwaew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for featuring me! ;) I'm a sketcher and there are LOTS of MAGNIFICENT artists who totally WOW with their shading skills. I will admit...I am a very lazy artist. :D

To go with the Valentine thing, I believe the Roman's ripped Valentine's heart out and staked it on a pike for all to see as a mockery. Not a 100% sure on this but considering what he did and the time period, I wouldn't doubt it. And that is why the heart is the symbol of Valentine's Day. Or so I was told. :iconlove:
Cybiline Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! Just be sure to re-post teh journal! And I'm the same, trust me.

And there are a bunch of different legends. This is the one that showed up the most.
Mahwaew Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe.I wish I could come up with some brilliant response to us being similar....but....I can't. :)

I've heard what you heard.(0_o) There are some other crazy legends about some other holidays to. Halloween? Yeah. Very interesting on those historical roots. Far cry from what it is today.
Cybiline Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student General Artist
That's enough for me!!

Indeed. I love reading about how our holiday's originated.
Crystal-Fantasy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
lol i totally agree that people should change their outlook on Valentines day as well :D
Cybiline Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student General Artist

Also, since you commented, would you like a feature?
Crystal-Fantasy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
oh! uh...sure why not! :D
Cybiline Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Crystal-Fantasy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
lol thank you! and i also already featured you in my journal as well! :D
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