Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day or St. Valentine day is a day celebrated every year on February 14th. It’s known for sweet hearts to exchange gifts and their token of love for one another. Celebrating romance is what it’s all about. This holiday is also known as the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia and it’s origins that stem from cult rituals involving the sacrifices of goats and dogs, that later evolved into an urban cult. During these festivities, it’s said that young men would run through the streets of Rome, half naked, streaking with thongs cut from the strings of newly killed goats. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius, supposedly denounced this holiday. Lupercalia was known to be the most long lived pagan institutions and lasted till nearly the end of the 5th century, which was long after the old pagan worship was legally suppressed. They celebrated the feast between February 13-15th. Their are a few legends that are associated with St. Valentine and how he became sainted. One story states that St. Valentine was called before Emperor Claudius and refused to give up Christianity. Another story is that St. Valentine was secretly marrying Christian couples and a practice that was outlawed by Europe. St. Valentine was also removed from the general Roman calendar in 1969 because of the lack of reliable information about him.

Upon researching this information on the origins of Valentine’s day, there’s still some uncertainty whether or not these stories are real. So far, Christian historics have found to be that most of these holidays are pagan. The three annual feasts that the Lord commanded us to celebrate is Passover, Pentecost (Shavout) and Tabernacle (Sukkat). Each feast, regardless of how it’s celebrated, is called the same thing and that is convocation which means a sacred assembly of a church service. However, we continue to celebrate these traditional holidays. I suppose as long as we’re not doing anything that’s sacrilegious, against God, what’s the harm of celebrating a day that honors love. God does want us to love one another. It’s the second commandment. In John 15:12 My command is: Love each other as I love you.

Personally, I think love should be shown every day, not just on Valentine’s day. I’m not saying that you should buy chocolates, flowers etc everyday. Although they are nice gestures throughout the year. There are also other ways of showing love. Don’t wait for Valentine’s day to tell each other how you feel. Sometimes just a kiss with a I love you, will do. If you don’t have a partner, choose someone else to show love to like a parent, sibling or anyone that holds dear to your heart. There’s nothing wrong with that. When my mom was alive, I would always buy her something for Valentine’s day. After all it was a day of love and who better to show love to than my mom. If you have love in you, you can always find someone to love. Happy Valentine’s day to all of you!

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