Thursday, January 31, 2013
It seems that Valentines Day dates back to Roman times and is not something relatively new at all. It would be nice to send a funny Valentine's Card to your loved one to let them know that you appreciate them. But what did they do on Valentine's Day in the Roman Times back in the 1600's. It seems that under the rule of Augustus Ceasar there were festivities in February where young men where allowed to choose their partners. At this time the Emporer Claudius outlawed marriage in fear that the men would not want to go to war and leave their wives. The young couples however, fell in love and would turn to the Catholic Archbishop Valentine who would marry them in secret. When Claudius found out about the secret marriages Valentine was arrested and sentenced to death.While in jail Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter and the day he was to be executed he wrote her and signed it Your Valentine. Whether this is the true origin or not it is an interesting one. And the cupid that is often depicted on the front? He is the son of Venus, the Roman god of love.