Sunday, February 14, 2010

“Dear Lady be cautious of Cupid,

List well to the lines of this verse, To be kissed by a fool is stupid, To be fooled by a kiss is worse” (Ambrose Redmoon)

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown

Ah...Happy Valentine's Day...

According to one legend, Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, Valentine fell in love with a young girl — perhaps his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

Around here, we have been sprinkling salt, that is for sure...but it is on the roads and walkways...but I am willing to think about spring and go with the ancient Romans on this one! In the meantime, you enjoy your day...pass the love around!


Just a bed of roses said...

What an interesting and beautiful post Susan on Valentines day...

gail said...

Hi Susan, Happy Valentines Day to you! I hope you have dug out of the snow. Your pictures are beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoy seeing them here where its 75:) lol I hope you have a great week.
Take care, stay safe (())gail