Amor y amistad and dating
Maybe that’s why we’ve embraced Valentine’s Day with such enthusiasm every February 14, a date that many consider somewhat commercial, but one that we’ve enriched with our traditions as well as an original idea or two about how to show our love for someone, here in Mexico.
It’s true that celebrating this date has no connection with our history, but then again; love is a cause for celebration for all human beings and civilizations.
This festival was dedicated to Cupid, the god of Love, to whom offerings were made to ask for the ideal love.
However, the most widespread and romantic version says that in third century Rome, when Catholics were persecuted and soldiers were forbidden to marry because it was believed that single men performed better in battle, a priestnamed Valentine was inspired to marry couples in secret.
One of them says that in the Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Ireland, February is the month when little birds “match” and mate.
But the phrase is lost among so many beautiful things that there are to give away.
Hence, many postcards printed on that date carry this dedication.
By late January, the shops and restaurants are decorated with hearts, Cupid figurines, balloons and ribbons.
Very little is known about this Valentine character. Valentine of February 14 was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among all those “…
whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God.” As Gelasius implies, nothing was then known about his life.