Happy valentines day!

Today is Valentine’s Day, the festival of love, and is celebrated across the globe!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the memory of Saint Valentine, the Christian martyr who gave his life in the honor of love. King Claudius decapitated Saint Valentine in 269 A.D. for performing illegal marriages of Roman soldiers, who were apparently barred from marrying. Almost two centuries later, in 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius resolved to honor this sacrifice by observing February 14 as a feast day, without little thought or idea on the kind of consequence it would have on the entire world 1,500 years later.

Today, Saint Valentine has come to be regarded as the patron of love, and Valentine’s Day, the ultimate jubilation for lovers. Flowers, cards, gifts and celebrations are integral parts of this special occasion.

There is this legendary belief among the people of UK that on 14th of February,  birds come together to find their mates. Thanks to Geoffrey Chaucer, this belief has come to be an indispensable part of Valentine’s Day legend today. In certain parts of UK, Valentine’s Day is commemorated as ‘Birds Wedding Day’.

Valentine’s Day marks the end of winter and commencement of spring. Hence, this day is rejoiced with great jubilation!

Happy Valentines Day! – Alex
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