Origin of Valentine’s Day
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Finding Valentine 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: 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 in 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?
Earlier in February in Armenia, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Sarkis the Patron of the youth, on the day of the feast young people pray the saint asking him to make their prayers audible to God. St. Sarkis is the realizer of the love longings.
There are many legends about St. Sarkis and one of them is the following. Poor bard Gharib loved Shah-Sanam who was the daughter of a very rich man. Shah-Sanam loved him, too, but because the bard was poor, the Shah-Sanam’s father was against their marriage as he wished to marry his daughter to a rich man. Bard Gharib decided to go to foreign countries to earn money and to accumulate wealth. But before leaving for foreign countries bard Gharib asked Shah-Sanam to promise to wait for him for seven years providing that if he were late even for one day the young woman might marry according to her father’s will.
That seven-year-period was a very difficult period for bard Gharib. He couldn’t see his beloved, had no news of her, and nevertheless, he wasn’t disappointed and waited for the time when they would meet, make up a family and live together all their life. Working day and night for seven years bard Gharib accumulated wealth and started his way back to the motherland. However, on his way back he faced many difficulties and hardships. It seemed to him that he wouldn’t be able to reach his beloved. So, he prayed with an honest heart and righteous mind for the help of St. Sarkis asking. Listening to the prayer of the bard St. Sarkis immediately appeared sitting on his white horse, seated him on the back of the horse and in one moment brought him to Shah-Sanam. Seeing the bard’s strong will, their sincere and deep love and devotion, Shah-Sanam’s father blessed their union too.