Esta semana nuestros alumnos han aprendido una de las historias sobre el día de San Valentín, aquí os la dejamos ¡a ver qué os parece!
St. Valentine’s Day
St Valentine’s Day supposedly started in the time of the Roman Empire. In Ancient Rome, the date February 14th was a holiday to honour the Queen of Roman Goddesses and Gods, Juno. Juno was known as the Goddess of women and marriage. The next day, February 15th, was the first day of the Festival known as the Feast of Lupercia.
On February 14th it is said that the young boys and girls of the villages would write down the names of every girl and place these names in a jar from which each young man would have to draw a name of a girl and this particular maiden would be their partner for the duration of the festival. Sometimes these parings would last a year and end up in marriage.
These rituals, under the laws of the Emperor Claudius, were banned as he believed that the reason why men would not go to war was because they did not want to leave their loved ones or families. Thus, all marriages and engagements were cancelled. As a result Saint Valentine, a Roman priest, is said to have married these couples in secret and for this he was executed on the 14th day of February.
While St Valentine was in jail it is said that he fell in love with the jailer’s blind daughter. By a miracle, or some say by the prayers of Valentine, she gained her sight and as a last farewell he left her a note signed “From Your Valentine”.
Others say that he was a priest who was also a physician and would cure the sick, and that he had already been trying to cure the jailer’s blind daughter when he was arrested. In this version of the story the farewell note signed “From Your Valentine” is believed to be what caused her to gain her sight.
It is also said whilst he was in jail awaiting execution that he was sent little notes and flowers from the children whom he had helped when they were sick. This also may have been one of the reasons why he sent a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter and why we send valentines today.
Now St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th every year – the day that the Patron Saint of Lovers “St Valentine” was supposedly executed on. It has become a tradition for lovers all around the world to mark this occasion as a day for sending poems, cards, flowers or candy etc.