Valentine’s Day, the cause of happiness or loneliness for so many people; why do we make such a big deal about this day? Does it mean we aren’t loved if we aren’t celebrating?
I believe loving ourselves is first on the list. Self-Love includes activating not only the Heart Chakra but the Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakra as well. As humans, we tend to focus on one aspect of ourselves at a time, but I feel that combining energies is essential. This Valentine’s Day, and always, keep these three Chakras working together.
Yoga classes, meditation, Pilates, aerial arts, salt rooms, cryotherapy, and walking are some of my ways to keep my soul on point. But I, like many of you, put an over importance on Valentine’s Day for many years. I’ve listed some fun facts and legends about this day to help put it in perspective and take away the emotional heartbreak of feeling like you’re out of the loop.
Valentine’s Day has its roots set back to the Ancient Roman Spring Festival of Lupercalia, which was initially the violent, alcohol-fueled fertility, and sacrificial day celebrated on February 15th. This day was eventually changed to a day of purification in the year 494 BC, by Pope Gelasius I, to give it Christian roots.
So when did Valentine’s Day become this Modern Romantic Hallmark Holiday? In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Holiday took off to the well-known consumerism it is today. But first, and most interesting is the Catholic Church recognizes three different Saints named Valentine, or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred, two out of three by Pope Claudius II. Not very romantic.
The romance of Valentine’s Day began in the Middle Ages because February 14-15 was considered the beginning of bird mating season. Awww…Love Birds, how cute! The day has become more modern and celebrated for Love, because of the many fantastic legends of all three Saint Valentine’s.
For more, check out my Source: History.com.
- St. Valentine married young men and women in secret until he was found out and executed.
- St. Valentine refused to renounce Christianity and was martyred.
- St. Valentine miraculously cured the blind daughter of his jailer but was still killed. In his letter to his wife, he signed it “Your Valentine,” creating the first Valentine’s Day card during the Middle Ages.
- St. Valentine became associated with St. Gallatin, a Norman saint whose name roughly translated to “lover of women.”
- Shakespeare popularized the Romance of Valentine’s Day.
- Every year, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates get sold across the country.
- February 14th is the second-largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas.
- More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
- Are you ordering a bouquet? Tie it with lace. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.
- Who says you can’t be your Valentine? In 2015, 18% of women sent themselves flowers.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Do you give it any importance in your life?
Is every day Valentine’s Day?