Valentines Day  

ValNTyne 40M
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2/5/2006 5:09 am

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Valentines Day

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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.


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ValNTyne 40M
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2/5/2006 5:12 am

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

To

EVERYONE


ValNTyne 40M
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2/5/2006 5:16 am

Congratulations and Celebrations
Tell the world of all your tenderness, to me.
Congratulations and Jubilations
I want the world to know this person, that I see.

Who would believe that I could be happy and contented.
I used to think that happiness hadn't been invented,
but that was in the bad old days
before I met you,
when I let you walk into my Blog.


Congratulations and Celebrations
Tell the world of all your tenderness, to me.
Congratulations and Jubilations
I want the world to know this person, that I see.

I was afraid that maybe you would pass on by, ignore me.
That I was only fooling myself to think you'd visit me.
But then tonight you said "you thought me funny and you liked me"
that round about my blog, you always wanted to stay.


Congratulations and celebrations
Tell the world of all your tenderness to me.
Congratulations and Jubilations
I want the world to know this person, that I see.

Languages have never been the strong point, confuse me
wanting a Babel Fish in my ear, and not a flea
But words would not be helpful,
Friendship doesn't need a dictionary.......


Congratulations and celebrations
Tell the world of all your tenderness to me.
Congratulations and Jubilations
I want the world to know this person that I see.

So Congratulations and celebrations
This Valentine's, I am as happy as can be......
So Congratulations and Jubilations
on being the really lovely Lady, that I See....

A Euro Valentine Song just for you....... Anon of course... you will never guess

Song in its original form was performed by Cliff Richards at Euro Vision song
contest.... well I sorta changed the words ... justa bit...


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