There are many versions of history that explain the origins of Valentine’s Day. We may never know the actual truth. If we look back to the Roman Empire, historians will tell us that February 14 was a day set aside to honor the Roman Goddess Juno. The date took on a new meaning during the reign of Emperor Claudius II, when he found it difficult to rebuild his army as soldiers were reluctant to enlist. In an effort to alter the situation, the emperor refused to allow couples to marry. A priest in Rome, named Valentine, defied the Emperor’s order and secretly married couples. When the Emperor found out, he ordered that the priest be executed. The date of his death is believed to be February 14, 270 A.D.
Another legend states that the priest tried to help Christians escape the prison in Rome, in acting against the wishes of the emperor, he was also imprisoned and sentenced. The tale continues with the priest falling in love with the jailer’s daughter. Before his last days on Earth, he wrote her a letter and signed it “from your Valentine.”
Today, lovers exchange hearts filled with candy, chocolate-covered strawberries, adorable teddy bears with messages and cards with lovely roses.
On the Breakers, our Valentine’s Day party was held a day after the holiday. Templar’s venue captured a vintage motif and was enjoyed by all that attended. DJ MERLINzzz entertained and Allie was right beside him.
NYCharlie garbed in his pin-striped suit.
Ruger dancing to the great tunes.
Framed vintage cards added that sentimental touch. Isa wearing a pretty white and violet dress. Andymarie in her creme-colored dress.
Alex looking adorable and I’m wearing my favorite red gown.
MERLINzzz, Allie, Terry, Suz, Isa and Charlie.
MERLINzzz, Smilemaker, Terry, Suz and Andymarie.
Kitty looks beautiful near the roses.