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Merayakan Valentine setiap tahun memang sudah jadi kebiasaan semua orang di dunia. Tapi apakah mereka yang merayakan mengetahui seluk beluk dari Valentine's Day...
What's Valentine's Day?? Do you know it??
Don't worry... Mari kita lihat bersama, apa sih Valentine's day itu...^_^

~The History of Saint Valentine's Day~

Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feast. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

~Sekilas Valentine's Day~

Hari Valentine atau disebut juga hari kasih sayang, dirayakan terutama oleh muda-mudi untuk mengungkapkan perasaan kasih sayang dengan kata-kata atau melalui kantor pos, bahkan di jaman sekarang bisa melalui sms, mms, e-mail, dsb. Kebiasaan yang dimulai dari mengirim surat tersebut sudah dimulai sejak Abad Pertengahan.

Hari Valentine jatuh tepat pada tanggal 14 Februari. Tanggal itu konon dirayakan untuk memperingati hari kematian Santo Valentinus, yakni orang kudus/santo pelindung para pasangan yang sedang bercinta, yang meninggal pada tanggal 14 Februari 270. Namun yang lebih masuk akal, alasan pemilihan tanggal itu berkaitan erat dengan kepercayaan orang Eropa Tengah bahwa masa itu merupakan musim kawin burung. Pada saat itu burung-burung saling mencari pasangan. Oleh karena itu menurut adat kebiasaan masyarakat setempat, saat itu pun mereka pergunakan untuk mengungkapkan perasaan sayang atau cintanya kepada orang yang mereka sayangi.

~Poetry of Valentine's Day~

By looking your beautiful smile in your face
Make me quite and can't move from my place

Many words which aren't spoken by me to you
Because I don't have any way to say it to you

I always want you to come
Always want you to here

In every step of my life
You're created to fill my life

Although time is go through faster
I and you always go together

Happy Valentine’s Day!

by: PhOeNiXxX™

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