Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentine's Day

I can remember that I didn't know there was a Valentine's Day! Even when I was a teenager, I didn't know.  It's only in recent times it's become popular mainly with the young ones to celebrate.

Below is from Wikipedia
Valentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states 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. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.

Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. Some part, but not all of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Greek Orthodox Church and other Churches of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, no Saint Valentine exists, nor venerated.


I made the above graphic.

30 comments:

  1. Margaret is very popular in Poland but a few years ago it was unknown I love red the colour of love

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  2. Margaret, I totally ignore Valentines Day--I'd rather go out for a romantic dinner on an evening when everyone in town isn't doing the same thing! :D Love your graphic. You obviously have so many technical skills I lack (and, unfortunately, *feel* the lack of frequently!).

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    1. Thanks re graphic, I could have done better did it in a hurry.
      You are good at what you do :) We all are good at something.

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  3. ah you do not know ??
    but even so I wish you a happy Valentine's day! be happy ! :)

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  4. Like you, I did not grow up celebrating the day. I participate now by buying a card and that is it. At its peak, our daily tabloid newspaper used to more than twice its size with Valentine Day messages taking over. I guess that doesn't happen now.

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    1. Oh I remember the newspaper having so many Valentine's Day messages once. For me it's just a money making 'thing'.

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  5. Enjoyed this thank you for this little escape

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  6. Intriguing to know that there were several Saint Valentines. No, it wasn't celebrated when I was young. And is barely celebrated now.

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    1. Haven't heard much about the day here so far, from anyone.

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  7. Valentine's must have taken its time getting down-under. For I can still remember the anxiety I felt over my cards possibly being rejected by the girls in my grade school class almost 50 years ago!

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    1. Good heavens, really! Valentine's Day had a real hold on you then.
      Down here it's just a money making 'thing'.

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  8. Right back at ya, Tim and I don't do anything on Valentine's Day, he always says he doesn't need a special day to show me he loves me, he also says that 29 years ago I gave him the best present ever, our daughter Natasha

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    1. Well that's a lovely thing for him to say. Each child you have is the best present anyone can have :)

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  9. Happy Valentine's Day Margaret. It's become quite commercial overseas these days. Another way to 'cash in'.

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    1. That's what I say exactly Monica, halp the people wouldn't know what Valentine's Day was about!
      Have a nice one :)

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  10. happy love day Margaret. awesome graphic.

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    1. Thanks on both accounts.
      Same to you too and hope you and your family are well..

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    1. Thanks River. Just tinkering with graphics, some turn out alright, others don't :)

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  12. Hello Margaret,
    Very nice creation.

    Many greetings and I wish you a happy valentine!!
    Marco

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  13. Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Margaret !!
    Great graphic !!
    Greetings

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  14. When I was young, a card was sent on Valentine's Day to someone you hoped would reciprocate your affection, but you weren't too sure, and didn't wish to risk being rebuffed. So you would write a cryptic message, one that was not too difficult to be deciphered, but open to being responded to favourably, or pretending that it was impossible to understand, so that the person sending it did not have hurt feelings by open rejection. In other words if the message was welcomed you let the sender know, if not it was simply ignored.

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    1. Sounds interesting to write a cryptic message - I hope you didn't get rejected back then..

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