The legacy of Valentine’s Day

Kristen Bolash, Entertainment Editor

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Today is Valentine’s Day and around the world people are celebrating with chocolates, cards and stuffed bears. The day is known for cupid in his diaper and the Saint named Valentine. We celebrate them by showing our loved ones they matter to us.

In classical mythology, Cupid is God of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection. Oftentimes he is told as the son of the Goddess Venus and the God Mars. He is notable for his now and arrow that, when shot, cause uncontrollable love and desire. This is from the only myth story he ever started in: Cupid and Psyche. In this tale, Cupid is wounded by his own weapons and experiences love.

Saint Valentine was a priest and bishop in the Roman Empire. St. Valentine was imprisoned, beheaded and buried on this day in 269 AD. This was because he helped persecuted Christians and he married persecuted Christian couples. While he was in prison, he prayed for his jailer’s daughter and her blindness was then healed. On the day of his execution he left a letter for her that he signed, ‘Your Valentine.’ The Feast of Saint Valentine, known as Saint Valentine’s Day, was began by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It was celebrated on February 14th. Now it was widely known as simply Valentine’s Day.

Here are the five most popular Valentine’s Day gifts and dates:

  1. A fancy dinner
  2. Stay at home / homemade dinner
  3. A card or letter
  4. Candy, cookies, chocolate, etc.
  5. Flower bouquet

Whether you give your boyfriend or girlfriend gifts today, tell your family you love them or refer to the day as ‘Singles Awareness Day,’ this holiday will go down is history for many more centuries. Without the icon of Cupid and his love-filled arrow or the real Saint Valentine marrying the persecuted we wouldn’t have this day. But don’t let today be the only time you celebrate those who are loved, tell your loved ones daily.