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Have a visit to celebrate traditional valentine'day in vatican where pope attends the Valentine's Day occasion at the St Peter's square in the city!

Valentine’s Day is more than just a day for heart-shaped confections, romantic cards, and displays of love between romantic partners. And on the most romantic day of the year, most enamored couples may want to take advantage of a little alone time. If you are Looking for that special place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year then go to the holy and romantic region of rome, vatican city!

Roman History of valentine’s day in Vatican

The history of Valentine’s Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius Ist recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day. If you guessed d), give yourself a box of chocolates. Although the mid-February holiday celebrating love and lovers remains wildly popular, the confusion over its origins led the Catholic Church, in 1969, to drop St. Valentine’s Day from the Roman calendar of official, worldwide Catholic feasts. (Those highly sought-after days are reserved for saints with more clear historical record. After all, the saints are real individuals for us to imitate.) Some parishes, however, observe the feast of St. Valentine.

The roots of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on Feb. 15. For 800 years the Romans had dedicated this day to the god Lupercus. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year.
There was also a conventional belief in Europe during the Middle Ages that birds chose their partners in the middle of February. Thus the day was dedicated to love, and people observed it by writing love letters and sending small gifts to their beloved. Legend has it that Charles, duke of Orleans, sent the first real Valentine card to his wife in 1415, when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Traditions after the Roman Empire

Valentine's day celebration in vacatican

pope francis welcoming the couples

The rise of Christianity meant that Christian leaders weren’t keen on keeping ‘pagan’ traditions – but nor did they want to alienate the Roman population.So the feast of ‘Lupercalia’ was re-defined as a Christian festival of love, re-dated to the eve of ‘Lupercalia’ – 14th February – and dedicated to a third century Roman martyr, executed on 14th February and subsequently to become a saint – Valentine (or, to give him his rightful name, San Valentino).

Tradition of Valentine’s Cards

Over the centuries, the holiday evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread in the United States, however, until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass-producing them. Today, of course, the holiday has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines.

Celebration and Invitation of pope francis to valentine couples

The couples packed into St. Peter’s Square to listen to Francis’ advice about building lasting relationships. On Twitter, Francis told couples that a ‘faithful and fruitful marriage will bring you happiness.’ Engaged couples who have already attended or are presently attending marriage preparation courses are invited to a meeting with the Holy Father,’ the statement said in several languages, reports Asia one.

Ten thousand engaged couples from all over the world gathered today, on the feast of St. Valentine, in St. Peter’s Square to consider the vocation of marriage, with the theme “The joy of ‘Yes’ forever”, and to meet with Pope Francis. The event, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family, takes as its starting point the idea that one does not get married once all problems are solved, but rather that one marries in order to face problems together, and concludes that it is still possible to take the risk of saying “forever”, that it takes courage, but “forever” is a prospect that brings joy and allows us to look to the future with hope.