Valentine’s Day…

“The Legend of St. ValentineThe history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.”

Tommorrow as we celebrate the loves of our lives it is interesting to know where these days of celebration originate from!!! Legend has it that Saint Valentine fell in love with his jailor’s daughter…It was interesting to know why and how our todays traditions come from…love comes in various forms and from places that sometimes we least expect…You may be saying how is Valentine’s Day related to travel…Well it could be -a. you may want to take your loved one away on a Romantic weekend
b. you may have fallen in love with your partner whilst you were travelling
c. you may have just fallen in love with the city, country or the people of where you have travelled to
d. you may have family overseas that you love
e. you may love to read about adventurers that have travelled the world and experienced incredible feats
f. you may love the food & cultures that other countries have to offer

So you can see that Valentine’s Day can opens up our hearts to what else there is to love, explore and enjoy…

Your Travel “Valentine”…Nilla



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