The real story of the man behind the holiday: St. Valentine.
He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time. He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.
The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.
Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.
In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ blind daughter, who he felt in love with. By a love miracle he gave back her vision and on the day of his sentence he wrote a good bye note to her. Then inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”
A história do Dia de São Valentim remonta a um obscuro dia de jejum tido em homenagem a São Valentim. A associação com o amor romântico chega depois do final da Idade Média, durante o qual o conceito de amor romântico foi formulado.
O bispo Valentim lutou contra as ordens do imperador Cláudio II, que havia proibido o casamento durante as guerras acreditando que os solteiros eram melhores combatentes.
Continuou celebrando casamentos, apesar da proibição do imperador. A prática foi descoberta e Valentim foi preso e condenado à morte. Enquanto estava preso, muitos jovens lhe enviavam flores e bilhetes dizendo que ainda acreditavam no amor. Enquanto aguardava na prisão o cumprimento da sua sentença, ele se apaixonou pela filha cega de um carcereiro e, milagrosamente, devolveu-lhe a visão. Antes da execução, Valentim escreveu uma mensagem de adeus para ela, na qual assinava como “Seu Namorado” ou “De seu Valentim”.