11 FACTS ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY
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The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.****
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- In the Middle Ages young men and women drew names from a bowl for what purpose?
- What two alternatives exist for St. Valentine’s Day?
- What is the Valentine’s Day significance of the church “Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church” in Dublin, Ireland?
- How did the action of wearing your heart on your sleeve develop?
- If a person is considering five or six names of suitable marriage partners, how can he determine which one to pick?
- Three the name Valentine (Valentinus) belonged to at least three men. What countries were they from?
- What does it mean if a person seeking a mate sees a squirrel on Valentine’s Day?
- When was Valentine’s feast day removed from the ecclesiastical calendar?
- Why was Valentine’s feast day removed from the ecclesiastical calendar?
- What does it mean if a person seeking a mate sees a flock of coves on Valentine’s Day?
What is the date of the oldest surviving love poem, what was it written on, and what time era was it written?
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- To see who their valentines would be. *
- Quirkyalone Day, geared toward people who “resist the tyranny of coupledom,” and SAD (Single Awareness Day), which reminds people that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life.
- Skeletal remains unearthed from the tomb of “Santo Hyppolytus he Via Tibertinus” near Rome, were identified as the body of St. Valentinus, placed in a gold coffin, and sent to Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. On Valentine’s Day, the wine-gold coffin was paraded, in a solemn procession, to a high altar. On that day a special Mass was dedicated to the young people and those who are in a relationship of love.**
- They would wear these names (the names drawn from the bowl to identify their Valentine was) on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.*
- He should twist the stem of an apple while the names are being recited. It is believed the eventual spouse will be the one whose name is recited at the moment the stem breaks.*
- A priest in Rome, a bishop Interamna (modern Terni), and a martyr in the Roman province of Africa. **
- Seeing a squirrel means they will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money.*
- In 1969.
- It was removed as part of a broader effort to remove saints whose origin is still in question, and only based on legend. Only (the feast is still celebrated in certain parishes). **
- Seeing a flock of doves means they will have a peaceful, happy marriage.*
It was written on a clay tablet around 3500 B. C. in the time of the Sumerians, *