Hello friends 🙂 Valentine’s Day is just a day away. Happy Valentine in advance to you all 😘😘. Let’s take a minute to talk about what Valentine’s Day truly stands for under today’s topic, The True Valentine.
For a long time in history, many lovers express their love towards each other in various ways on the 14th of February every year. Some will get teddy bears, some chocolates, some laptops, phones and many different gift items.
I remember back then in school, we the girls keep vigil in our various hostels, especially Moremi Hall of Unilag (Nigeria), screaming and cheering when any girl is brought her Valentine’s gift around 12am. I remember also, how the committee of screamers increases their pitch when some expert tatafos (gossip in pidgin English) who followed gift receivers to their rooms return with news of how expensive the Val’s gift is. I must confess I was one of the tatafos *cover’s face* 🙈, though I was no expert at it.
Well how did this day that celebrates love come to be? Let’s take a stroll back in history 😉
A very long time ago, during the 3rd century A.D. in the Roman Empire, the land experienced a massive turmoil which was termed the ‘Crisis of the Third Century’ by scholars. At this time, there was threat of invasion all around as the empire was divided into three competing states.
The Emperor at the time, Claudius II made an unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people, believing that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers (personally I think that is just lame). So, with the Roman Empire hanging by a thread, Claudius needed all the brazen war power he could get.
This is where Valentine comes in; he was a priest who Claudius felt to be a pesky nuisance (uh-oh 😋). This is simply because Valentine believed marriage is a God-given sacrament.
Because of his belief, Valentine began officiating marriages in secret but was eventually found out and imprisoned. Greg Tobin, an American author, noted that the advent of the Valentine’s Day love note may have come about from young children passing this lovely priest called Valentine, notes through his prison bars. Although Greg Tobin says this might have been an embellishment to an otherwise tragic story.
Let’s see how Tobin describes Valentine’s fate. Shall we?
The priest was eventually beheaded and then named a martyr by the Church (hence the saint in his name) because he gave up his life to perform the sacrament of marriage: for love of love and love of God.
At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14th to be a day the selfless service of love, to love by St. Valentine be celebrated. This day has since been called St. Valentine’s Day and our generation prefer to shorten it to Val’s day.
Centuries later, romantic authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and Shakespeare helped seal the deal with references to the day in their works. Even parents name their male children after Valentine and the female ones other variations of the name such as Valentina, Valerie etc.
Lemme use this medium to wish a lovely and peaceful lady I know born on February the 14th a Happy Birthday 🎉😘😘🎉. May God bless you darling Valerie Onoja. I like to call her Vee.
So! How do you celebrate your Valentine’s Day people? Lemme know 😉
In the meantime here are some funny pictures amongst others that’s been on social media. Lol, some guys have got no chill mehn!! Because this year’s Valentine celebration falls on a Sunday guys are becoming extra spiritual 😂😂
And of course we have the hopeless romantics… 😁
While we’re having fun this Valentine let’s not forget to show some love to those without lovers, show love to your parents, old people, homeless children etc.
Let’s also borrow a line from Whitney Houston’s song “The Greatest Love” where she sang 🎵 Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be 🎵 #GreatestLoveOfAll #GodIsLove #Valentine #GodIsTheGreatestLoveOfAll
Have an amazing Valentine people!!
Love y’all 😘😘