Valentine’s Day:history of the holiday

Valentine’s Day:history of the holiday

Today is the day that all lovers are looking forward to, as well as those who dream of finally finding their soul mate – Valentine’s Day. It is believed that on this bright holiday, Cupid further strengthens existing relationships, and also deliberately “arranges” the meeting of two people who are destined for each other by Fate itself.

Whether this is true or just someone’s good fiction, each of us is always looking forward to meeting with a person dear to his heart. February 14, in turn, is a great occasion to arrange a romantic candlelight dinner for your chosen one, give a gift, once again confess your feelings and just spend an unforgettable day together!

When making plans for this day, do not forget that the position of the Moon has a rather significant impact on our mood, well-being and perception of everything around (people, events). Depending on its location in one or another sign of the zodiac, a certain energy of the day is formed.

Valentine’s Day:history of the holiday

According to the solar calendar, February 14 is dominated by Aquarius, which, in turn, is patronized by the planet Uranus, which symbolizes all sorts of surprises and accidents in the life of every person (pleasant unplanned meetings, spontaneous adventures, etc.).

 A brief excursion into the history of the holiday

It is believed that Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for 16 centuries, and the main “culprit” of this holiday is the Christian priest Valentine. During the Roman Empire, the strict commander-emperor Claudius II, caring only for the victory of his army over the enemy regiment, forbade the soldiers to marry, so that all their thoughts would be occupied with strengthening the empire, and not with the family. According to him, ” a married legionnaire thinks much less about the glory of the empire than about how to feed his family . “

However, at that time there was a man who was not afraid of the decree of the emperor himself, and, bypassing the law, began to secretly marry his beloved. Soon Claudius II found out about Valentine’s “secret activities” and ordered his execution. The Great Martyr was publicly beheaded on February 14.

It is noteworthy that the date of his execution coincided with the celebrations in honor of Juno, the goddess of love. Since that day, Valentine has been proclaimed the patron saint of all lovers. Despite the fact that this holiday is considered Catholic (the Catholic Church even canonized Valentine as a saint), it is nevertheless celebrated in our time everywhere.

But few of us, Orthodox , know that at one time Russia had its own “Valentine’s Day”, which was celebrated on July 8th. This day symbolized the relationship between Peter and Fevronia, the legal marriage of Prince Murom and the daughter of a simple beekeeper. Having cured Peter from a serious illness, Fevronia earned the sincere love of a powerful and just ruler. Together they lived “until their last breath” and until now their love is a symbol of chastity, fidelity and generosity.

In addition, the Soviet playwright Mikhail Roshchin once wrote a wonderful play “Valentin and Valentina”, which tells about the difficult relationship between two lovers, whose families strongly opposed their union. Despite the existing obstacles, on the night of February 13-14, people who love each other finally reunited on the “bed of love” and thereby broke all sorts of shackles and proved to everyone around them the full power of their true love.

Valentine’s Day:history of the holiday

 Symbols of love

Traditionally, the symbol of Valentine’s Day is the heart, which runs like a “red thread” through everything that surrounds lovers on this day – valentines, balloons, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, etc.

Since ancient times, a red rose has been a symbol of unfading love. The roots of this tradition go back to ancient times. The goddess of love Aphrodite, hurrying to meet her beloved, inadvertently stepped with her bare foot on a thorny bush of white roses and injured her leg, which made the roses instantly turn red from her blood, acquiring a rich red color. 

Wedding: is it worth signing on this day?

A wedding is an event that some come to spontaneously, others go for years, and someone does not dare to envelop themselves with “bonds of love” throughout their lives. One way or another, having decided to sign, each of the future spouses hopes with all his heart that this marriage will be the only one and will last a lifetime.

Astrologers say that the choice of date is of great importance for the wedding, along with the compatibility of the characters of the spouses. Lunar phases have a direct impact on certain events in a person’s life. Guided by elective astrology, February 14 is one of the auspicious days for marriage. Venus in Pisces, in conjunction with Mars and Eros, suggests that the relationship between spouses will be based on strong mutual feelings and deep understanding. At the same time, not only the date itself plays a role in the future life of the newlyweds, but also the exact time of marriage registration.

Be that as it may, it is important for future spouses to understand that Valentine’s Day in itself is not a guarantee of a strong relationship in their couple, and also does not promise them a happy life together in mutual love until the end of their days.

adapted from  krasota-i-zdorove

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