OUMA: So what exactly is Valentines?

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2014

Valentine’s Day is a tradition that has been practiced for decades. It is a day where loved ones, especially a couple express their love and affection through gifts or other gestures one could think of.

Today I sat down and thought about the history of this day; there are several myths about the day. One legend states that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.

When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men.

Valentine, upon realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

The modern Valentine’s Day however has completely changed since then, it is associated with red dress code, red flowers, and red valentine cards.

It is a very significant day especially for a woman who has a male counterpart in her life.

However, some people would argue that it is not really necessary to celebrate Valentine’s Day; to them Valentine’s Day should be an everyday affair.

Show your loved ones love every single day and not just on Valentine’s Day; buy flowers from time to time, go out on dates, and create time for each other.

Love is a beautiful thing when two partners decide to cherish it and work towards its success. Seeing a couple stay together for several years, living by their wedding vows is the best thing ever.

Spread the love, not just on Valentine’s Day but every day of your life.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. – Thomas Merton

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