Happy Valentine’s Day!

Personally, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Why? Because I am a certified Valentine Birthday girl and I just turned another year older. For me, celebrating my birthday every year is like celebrating it with the whole world. However, this has made my life interesting in several ways. The first being that my family and friends always remember my birthday which, naturally, makes me feels special. I know it’s all so commercial, but I can’t help it. I just love Valentine’s Day. Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day today and every day!

😉 5 tips for a woman

1-It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
2- It is important that a man makes you laugh.
3- It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn’t lie to you.
4- It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
5- It is important that these four men don’t know each other.

Anyhoo, did you know that the origin of Valentine’s Day, or Saint Valentine’s Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr?

According to historians the story of Valentine’s Day begins during the heyday of the Roman Empire, which held a festival every February. This Lupercian Festival was held in honor of the God of Fertility and during the festivities young men would get to choose their mate. At the time marriage was a common occurrence, but when Claudius became Emperor he changed all of that. Fearing that men would refuse their duty to fight because they would not want to leave their wives behind, he outlawed all marriages. Young couples still fell in love though and still wished to marry and they took these desires to the Catholic Bishop Valentine who, understanding love, began to secretly marry couples. When Claudius found out, he had Valentine arrested and ordered put to death. While waiting in jail, Valentine began exchanging letters with the jailer’s daughter and soon had fallen in love with her. The day he was to be beheaded, he wrote her one last note and signed it: ‘From Your Valentine’.

In 496 A.D. Christianity had taken over Rome and Pope Gelasius outlawed the pagen Lupercian Festival. Knowing its popularity, he looked to replace it with something more ‘appropriate’ and set aside a day in February to honor the martyr St. Valentine. Even though in 1969 the church removed St. Valentine’s Day from its calendar of ‘official’ holidays, it is still widely celebrated today. Over the centuries, the holiday evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread in the United States, however, until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass-producing them.

So Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, but Happy Birthday to me!!*throws confetti*

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7 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. kimkiminy says:

    What an interesting history. Happy Valentine’s Day *and* Happy Birthday, Zoom!

  2. akamonsoon says:

    Happy Birthday & Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

  3. Aussie Emjay says:

    Oooh Happy Birthday zoom!! I’m sorry I’m so far behind here!! I hope it was a wonderful day – I imagine Valentines Day is a lovely day to have birthday.

    • zoom50 says:

      Thanks, Emjay!
      It was another wonderful day indeed; one more day of my BD for the mighty things God has done in my life.
      I feel a bit thrilled being so famous for one day! 🙂 lol

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