What’s the real meaning of “el 14 de febrero”?
We’ll never know the real origin of Valentine’s Day, but we celebrate it anyway. However, what’s the real meaning of it? Is it to buy the most expensive gift or maybe the fanciest one? The real meaning of this day is much more simple than what we think. In actuality we have a materialistic world which blinds us with shinny things. It’s incredible to think that we don’t celebrate “el 14 de febrero” like we used to do.
The real meaning of it is to give and receive love, spend time with people you love and show them how much you care and love them. For those who have a beloved, this is a good day to open your heart and be loved not only by your partner but also by your friends and family. And for those who don’t have a “gf” or “bf” there is always someone waiting to be loved. You just need to take a look around. As Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” I say: the most beautiful gift you can give away is your love, just let it go.
- Alejandro Rosas Escalante
Click below to read more from Alejandro and learn more about the history of Valentine’s Day. Lovers have a day on our calendar to demonstrate or show their love through gifts, dedications and poems, but why on February 14th? What’s the origin of this celebration? There are several ideas about the origin of Valentine’s Day. One of them is that in some countries birds mate during this period, which is why this time is seen as a symbol of love and creation. Another one is that Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. Other sources focus the origin of Valentine’s story in the Rome of the third century, a time when Christianity was persecuted. In this period marriage was also prohibited. St. Valentine, a Christian priest decided at such injustice to marry couples under the Christian ritual of the Roman eyes hidden.
Valentin protected secret lovers and wedding. He gained fame and great prestige throughout the city and was called by the Emperor Claudius II to meet. The Roman emperor ordered the governor of Rome to kill the priest. San Valentine’s died on February 14th since then we have celebrated “el dia de los enamorados”.
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