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The Valentine’s Day is a traditional celebration of Anglo-Saxon countries that has been adopted by other countries throughout the twentieth century: During this day romantic couples express their love and affection to each other. It is celebrated on February 14, feast day of Saint Valentine. In some countries is known as Valentine’s Day and in others as the day of love and friendship.
Many people think that Valentine’s Day is celebrated recently only due to the interest of big malls, but its origins date back to the Roman Empire. Valentine was a priest who existed in Rome around the third century. Claudius II was the emperor; he decided to ban the celebration of marriages for young people, because in their view single men without families made better soldiers, as they had fewer bonds.
The priest considered that the decree was unjust and challenged the emperor. Valentine held secret marriages for young lovers (from this time it has become popular that Valentine is the patron saint of lovers). The Emperor Claudius II found out and as Valentine enjoyed great prestige in Rome, the emperor called him to the palace. Valentine took that occasion to proselytize Christianity.
The Emperor Claudius then gave orders to imprison Valentine. Then Asterius, official in charge of jail, wanted to ridicule and test Valentine. He challenged him to return sight to his daughter, named Julia, who was born blind. Valentine agreed and, on behalf of the Lord restored her sight.
This shook Asterius and his family, who converted to Christianity. Nevertheless, Valentine continued weak and in prison and eventually Emperor Claudius ordered his execution on February 14, 270. The young Julia, grateful to the saint, planted a pink flowers almond tree at his grave. Therefore, the almond is a symbol of love and lasting friendship.