Valentine’s Day is the last and final day of valentine week celebrated every year on February 14. This year, it will be celebrated  on Sunday. Read the below article to know more about this special day of the year.

Valentine’s Day in 2021? February 14 | Representational image

Valentine’s Day 2021: Love is in the air and the much-awaited day of the whole Valentine week, Valentine Day is here! Valentine’s Day celebrates the bond and the relationship between people. It is a day that teaches us how we should express our love, care, and respect for anyone, who is important in our life.

Valentine’s Day is considered the best day to express your love. It helps us to feel happy about our loved ones. It also shows us the importance of happiness we feel when we are around the ones who matter to us.

On this day people across the world exchange candy, flowers, and gifts with their loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

When is Valentine’s Day in 2021?

Valentine’s Day is the last and final day of valentine week celebrated every year on February 14. This year, it will be celebrated tomorrow on Sunday.

For most people, Valentine’s Day is a day of joy, celebration and spending quality time with their loved ones. However, there many don’t know the history and significance of Valentine’s Day. If you are one of them, then read on to know more about this special day of the year.

Valentine’s Day 2021: History

There are several stories about the origin of February 14 being celebrated as Valentine’s Day. As per Britannica Encyclopedia, originated from the Roman festival of Lupercalia where men and women were paired with each other through a lottery draw.

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Apart from this, the festival also included rites where women were hit by men, allegedly to boost their fertility. However, Pope Gelasius I, replaced the festival with Saint Valentine’s Day by the end of the 5th century.

Who were the three St Valentines?

Historical records from the Bollandists — tell us that there were three St Valentines who apparently died on February 14. The earliest account of Valentinus was just about a man who died in Africa with 24 soldiers, while the two other stories had more information.

The second Valentinus was a Roman priest who was arrested at the time of Gothicus and put into the custody of Asterius, an aristocrat. As the preacher preached, Asterius promised to convert if Valentinus could cure the blindness of his foster-daughter.

The priest was successful and the entire family of Asterius was baptised. However, the emperor ordered all of them to be executed. Only Valentinus was beheaded and a devoted widow buried his body on Via Flaminia, over which a chapel was built much later.

The third Valentinus was a bishop of Terni, in Umbria, Italy. His story is very similar to the second priest’s. He debated with a potential convert, healed his son, was beheaded on the orders of Gothicus, and was buried along Via Flaminia.

Because of the uncanny similarities, the Bollandists suggest that the second and third Valentinus were probably the same person whose legend became popular in different tales in Rome and Terni.

Another tale said St Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape the torture-filled Roman prisons, while another legend said that the saint fell in love with his jailor’s daughter and send her a message before his death, signed “From your Valentine” – an expression used even today.

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What are the various days of Valentine’s week?

There are seven days which are celebrated before Valentine’s day, each day is celebrated in different ways and manner. The seven days before Valentine’s Day are:

  • February 7th: Rose Day
  • February 8th: Propose Day
  • February 9th: Chocolate Day
  • February 10th: Teddy Day
  • February 11th: Promise Day
  • February 12th: Kiss Day
  • February 13th: Hug Day
  • February 14th: Valentine’s Day

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