Valentine’s Day celebrations in Yerevan Armenia


Origin of Valentine’s Day

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Finding Valentine’s is not easy. In fact, the Catholic Church offers (at least) nine different ones, who died between the 3rd and the 20th centuries.

Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries.

Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for his captor’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine”.

Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.

How was it agreed to celebrate February 14th as Saint Valentine, Patron of Love, day? Is it rather because the date of February 14 corresponds to the beginning of, the mating of the birds?

How is Valentine’s Day Celebrated in modern times

Stories may vary but for people, who can’t live without each other, it’s just another opportunity to say “I love you.” Every February 14, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the whole world undergoes a giant attack of little hearts, roses, and more or less sponsored declarations of love.

Unjustly caricatured as cupid on the calendar, Valentine was originally a Christian martyr … Only problem: is which one?

How is Valentine’s Day Celebrated in Armenia

Ethnographers hold a different view. “I believe that Armenian people should give preference to our national holidays. But if St. Valentine’s Day is becoming more popular among youth, it’s not so bad.

Being a foreign holiday, it still has the right to exist. The more so because it can acquire national coloring over the course of time. Finally, it’s the holiday of love, which brings people positive emotions,” ethnographer Gohar Stepanyan said.

Valentine’s Day or Saint Sarkis day, Which Saint would you choose As your Patron of Love?

Garo Kotchounian

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