Why Valentine?

We celebrate it every year, I celebrate it twice since it’s also my mother’s birthday. But why what should be everyday is marked on a day and named Valentine? Curious me went out to seek the answer then came back home after he realized that it’s the 21st century. I went to use Google and I found out that Valentine’s day has actually a very moving and beautiful origin.

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day, began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius andย Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III (Wikipedia)

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III (Wikipedia)

Quite moving. I wanted to share this not just because it’s Valentine’s day, but to remind everyone to never lose hope in finding that special someone, it doesn’t have to be a partner, it’s a day of love, so share it with everyone around you. Valentinus did to the very last moment of his life. My valentine’s morning was spent by taking my little 1 year and 8 months old nephew to the barber shop, and as you can see, we look happy…

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See… happy!!

 

Happy valentines day, may this day stretch its limits and shelters you for eternity

~ A. H. Amin

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11 comments

  1. ketch1714 · February 14, 2013

    LOL. Love the pic! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Personally, I refer to Valentine’s Day as Single Awareness Day. I guess because I feel like such an outsider with all the flowers and hearts. And where Iโ€™m from, they really do push the โ€˜coupleโ€™ thing. Still, I must say I like the origin of the tradition and the tale of St. Valentine. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • ahamin · February 14, 2013

      That kid was a real menace today, he cried so loud my eyes started to hurt.
      Valentine does bring down the person who is single (cough me cough) but it’s only a celebration. It is not only dedicated for couples.
      Glad you enjoyed the story behind the origin.
      Happy valentine

  2. hernameisjordan · February 14, 2013

    I love this! I didn’t know Valentine’s day actually meant something. I was always told it was invented my Hallmark. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the photo too, he looks over joyed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • ahamin · February 15, 2013

      Actually, he was crying ๐Ÿ˜›
      I didn’t know that too until today. Hallmark is responsible for birthdays and accidents, but not valentine ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad you liked the photo.

  3. sakuraandme · February 15, 2013

    Haha! The joys of taking children to the hairdresser! I’ve read this story before and Its a little too romantic for me! My husband sent me 2 dozen red roses in a pretty pot and this big teddy bear. He is much better at the romance than I am. Hugs Paula x

    • ahamin · February 17, 2013

      Glad one of us had a romantic valentine, mine was really loud ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Loyalbooks · February 15, 2013

    Aw poor nephew. I don’t know why kids hate haircuts so much, but I’ve known plenty of moms who almost ended up in tears themselves when it was junior’s haircut time.

    • ahamin · February 17, 2013

      Yes ๐Ÿ™‚ they can be really tough to deal with in there. It is a new experience preformed by a stranger, so they become really loud.
      But we had fun afterward, he stopped crying shortly afterward.

      • Loyalbooks · February 20, 2013

        Good excuse for ice cream afterwards!

  5. Story Addict · February 21, 2013

    Haha, he looks positively freaked out, lol. It’s awesome looking into the origin of things, it’s amazing where history takes us. Thanks for the share, Ahmed!

    • ahamin · February 21, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed the thing that started it all, and I hope you had a great valentine.
      He does look like one of jigsaw’s victims ๐Ÿ™‚
      By the way, thanks for tagging me with all the other writers, I really loved the idea, but I’ll spice things up if you don’t mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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