Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines Day....Happy Friday the 13th!

How odd is it that today is Friday the 13th and the day before Valentine's Day?? They just don't seem to mix--unless you think of some creepy Valentine's Day slasher movie. Then again, Valentine's Day has some dark history behind it.

The celebration of this day (possibly) began due to a priest named Valentine at the time of ancient Rome. Emperor Claudius forbade his young soldiers to marry. Valentine defied the emperor and married young couples in secret. When Claudius found out he imprisoned Valentine and eventually executed him. While in prison many of the young couples whom Valentine had married visited him in his cell and brought him flowers and notes. It is even said that Valentine himself fell in love with his jailer's daughter. He sent her a love note and signed it 'From Your Valentine.' He was executed on February 14th. (Or so the story goes) In the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14th to be Valentine's Day. It may have also been to Christianize the pagan holiday of Luperci (a fertility festival) which was celebrated at the same time.

Then let's not forget February 14, 1929--one of the most infamous days in American history of crime--especially in Chicago. This was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre--as the gangs of Al Capone and Bugs Moran battled to the death. Romantic wouldn't you say??

So, maybe, Valentine's Day and Friday the 13th do indeed go together after all. It's not all about falling in love, spending time with your hunny, and all that other sappy stuff. It has a gruesome history but doesn't that make it all the more interesting.

Happy Valentines Day! Hope you have a lovely day with your significant other.

Cindy K. Green

In this battle of wills, who will come out the victor or will tragedy destroy their love forever.

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Eliza Knight said...

Awesome post Cindy! And great info, very interesting. I never realized how gruesome it really was...Thanks for sharing! Maybe to celebrate tomorrow the hubster and I should watch a scary movie :)

Cindy K. Green said...

I know seriously! It might bring about some romantic cuddling. :)

Anne Sorgeson said...

Hmm, I never thought about that. lol Great post!

Cindy K. Green said...

Nor had I, Anne, until I sat down to write this blog post today. Funny, right??

Viola Estrella said...

I had no idea! Thanks for sharing this, Cindy. Very interesting!!

Cindy K. Green said...

Thanks for stopping by Viola. :)

Emma Lai said...

Maybe people like doing bad things on traditionally "good" days so that they will be recorded in history. It's a way for them to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Great info Cindy!