The story of Valentine's Day
14th of february is St.
Valentine's Day. On this day almost everybody gives cards, flowers,
candies and presents to the people they love. The story of Valentine's
Day goes together with different legends about St. Valentine.
According to a legend ST. VALENTINE was a priest about
1800 years ago. At that time Claudius II. was the Emperor in Rome. He
didn't want the young soldiers to marry because they can fight better
without families. But St. Valentine married the young men and women
secretly. The Emperor found it out so he executed St. Valentine on the
14th of February in 269 AD. Later he was named a saint.
Another legend says Valentine was a man who helped christian people at
that time. He was put in prison and waited for to be executed. He loved
the daughter of his prisoner. The night before his death he sent a
message to his love and signed it as 'Your Valentine'. These words are
used even today on valentine cards.
We don't know the truth about St. Valentine but nowadays he is the
patron of lovers and people celebrate 14th of February since the Middle
Valentine's Day we ofter meet a little boy with wings and an arrow in
his hands. He's CUPID or Cupido in Latin. He is the son of Venus, the
godess of love. In Roman mythology Cupid is a naughty boy who flies
around gods and people. He uses his arrow to shoot everybody and make
them fall in love with each other.
Love birds and turtle doves are very common on
Valentine's Day. Doves and pigeons choose mate for lifetime so they are
symbols of true love and fidelity.