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St. Valentine's Day

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Why do we celebrate St. Valentine's Day?

Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is a saints day commemorating Saint Valentine on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, giving flowers or candy to a loved one.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. At this stage, the factual ends and the mythic begins.

Victorian window of St Augustine of Hippo, whose feast day falls today, 28 August. This window is in the former Dominican priory church of Hawkesyard.

The arrow, piercing the heart, stands for divine love and illustrates St. Augustine's creed that "Our hearts are restless until they rest in God." 

According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death.

St. Valentine of Hippo

From the south aisle of St Thomas' church, Oxford. 

Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed "from your Valentine." Probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

-Aristotle

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

-Lao Tzu

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My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.

-Henry Ward Beecher

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Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

-Anais Nin

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Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires;
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

-Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

-Helen Keller

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Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.

-Zora Neale Hurston

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Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.

-Leo Tolstoy

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Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.

-Dorothy Parker

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I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.

-Alice Walker

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I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

-Pablo Neruda, "Love Sonnet XVII"

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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Planning is going on....but try to celebrate valentine's day this year with some delicious love foods.
Snigdha's picture
Wonderful quotations on Love. Then complete quotation by Elizabeth Barrett Browning goes as follows: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for right; I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints - I love thee with the breath, Smiles tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.