Valentine's Day

What year did valentine’s day become an official holiday?

What year did valentine's day become an official holiday
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We all know that Valentine day is celebrated on 5th February but the question is what year did valentine’s day become an official holiday.

What year did valentine's day become an official holiday

The same question came in mind about the official holiday of valentine’s day. After searching and knowing about Valentine day History I get my answer and here I will tell you.

In 1537 valentine’s day become an official holiday. England’s King Henry VII officially make a statement and declared 14 February the holiday of Saint Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is most commonly associated with a Roman priest and physician who was beheaded on February 14, 269
England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14, the holiday of St Valentine’s Day, in 1537

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When did valentine’s day start?

This February 14 will be celebrated on Valentine’s Day. However, very few know the history of Valentine’s day and behind this special date for lovers. We tell you how everything starts.

The origin of Valentine’s day this celebration dates back to the third century, in Rome, which is based on a legend that tells the moving story of a priest who challenged the orders of the Roman Emperor Claudius Aurelius Marcus Gothicus, Claudius II, who had banned the celebration of marriages for young people, because in their opinion singles without family and with less ties were better soldiers.

The priest Valentine considered that the decree was unfair and secretly celebrated marriages for young people in love and for this he was martyred and later executed on February 14.

Emperor Claudius ordered Valentin imprisoned. Then, the officer Asterius, in charge of imprisoning him, wanted to ridicule and put Valentine to the test. He challenged her to return her sight to a daughter of his, named Julia, who was born blind. Valentin accepted and, in the name of the Lord, restored his sight.

This fact shook Asterius and his family, who converted to Christianity. In any case, Valentín remained imprisoned and the weak Emperor Claudio finally ordered that he be martyred and executed on February 14, 270.

The young Julia, grateful, planted an almond tree with pink flowers next to her grave. Hence, the almond tree is a symbol of lasting love and friendship.

How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in the world?

The Valentine’s Day is not the same in all parts of the world, each country has its customs and ways of celebrating. The western culture has brought together in the feast of Saint Valentine an accumulation of ancient customs, many of them ritualized, destined to celebrate, encourage and extol the love of the couple.

In Europe, we can find different customs. The single women of Great Britain and Italy, on Valentine’s Day, get up impatiently before dawn and stand in front of the window waiting for a man to pass. This is because they say that the first man to appear or see, will marry them during that year. They, hoping that this happens, year after year, go to their windows just in case it is not a legend.

William Shakespeare, the English dramatist, mentions this belief in Hamlet (1603). Since Ofelia, a woman of the drama sings a song in which she says something similar.

English children, on the other hand, have the habit of singing special love songs of their own for the occasion, in return they receive gifts, sweets, fruits or money. Also in some areas of England, it is very typical of this day for people to bake special rolls made from caraway seeds, plums, or raisins. In Italy, they celebrate Valentine’s feast as if it were a big party.

Another representative element of this day are flowers, and it is in Denmark, where people have the habit of sending pressed white flowers called drops of snow to their most loved people, whether they are a couple or friends. For their part, the Danish men were not going to be left behind, they send letters called “gaekkebrev (funny letter), and in the sender they write a rhyme but they do not sign with their name but with points, one for each letter of their name. If the woman who receives it guesses who sent it, he rewards her with an Easter egg at that party.

In the United States and Canada, the famous “valentines” are famous, they are greeting cards that children make that day and exchange with their friends. In some schools parties are held in which children place all the “valentines” in a box previously decorated for the occasion and at the end of the day, they distribute each one to their respective addressee. Many of these valentines are made by children at school and for this they use paper place mats, red paper, wallpaper, and cut out photographs from magazines. Other times they buy this material. Their best cards are reserved for their relatives and teachers. Older students take advantage of the occasion to celebrate dances and Valentine’s parties. They prepare baskets of sweets, Gifts and little cards decorated with hearts and cupids. Many people send flowers, sweets, or other gifts to their lovers. Many chocolate boxes have a heart shape and a red ribbon. But usually, this is what the whole world is doing now.

Other curious customs are for example those that are made in Korea, women offer chocolate to men; in New York only seven couples are chosen to marry that day, in the vantage point of the 80th floor of the Empire State Building, becoming part of the bridal club of the famous building and having free entry on their anniversary, and in Japan, thousands of lovers approach Mount Fuji, right at the Point of Lovers located in Izu, to play the “Bell of Love” three times as they pronounce the name of their beloved to turn their affair into true love.

Valentine’s day Celebration in other countries:

Valentine day celebrated all around the world and below check the list of countries who celebrate Valentine’s day. Read more about Romantic ways to celebrate valentine day.

  • In Argentina it is called “Valentine’s Day” and it is celebrated on February 14th.
  • In Bolivia, the so-called ‘Day of love and friendship’ is September 21.
  • In Brazil, the so-called ‘Day Two Namorados’ (wedding day) is on June 12.
  • In Chile, it is celebrated on February 14, Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day.
  • In Colombia, it is not celebrated on February 14 but in September.

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