The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Valens or Val is angry because Jay, his duet partner in the Valentino band, is negligent and selfish. His friends try to make them reconcile. Moreover, they have to hold a performance on Valentine’s Day. When the show starts, Jay appears on stage. The performance was successful.

Before the show, there was a defending dialogue about Valentine’s Day, which somehow began to be celebrated in Indonesia with various events and quite caused controversy in the community.

The synopsis of the film Valentine, Affection for You, aired 1989, apparently made to welcome Valentine’s Day. In Indonesia, writes Charlie Lie in Business Glimpse, Valentine’s Day began to be known since the 1970s and in the 1980s the madness towards Valentine’s Day culminated.

Besides films, several teenage novels feature them. In Lupus: Wake Up Dong, Lupus! published in 1988, for example, Hilman presented a dialogue about Valentine’s Day. Hilman also published the novel Dancing on the Valentine (1990). Another writer, Gola Gong, wrote it in Happy Valentine (1991).

Although still confusing, it is commonly known that Valentine refers to the name of a martyr: Saint Valentine or Valentinus, a priest and bishop Terni (near Rome). Valentine opposed the policy of the Roman Emperor Claudius II, who forbade young marriage, especially for those who were still in the army or imperial service. Emperor Claudius II considered unmarried soldiers and officials to be more reliable and effective in carrying out their duties.

Capture love through love letters

In the 17th century, Valentine’s Day celebrations became a common tradition throughout the world. In addition to greeting cards and letters, the tradition of exchanging gifts began. In the early 1700s, Charles II of Sweden introduced to Europe a Persian art called the “language of flowers”. Through flower delivery, we can express hidden messages.

The choices are then diverse, from chocolate to rings. “The items sought are usually dolls, love candies, rings, chocolates, bags and clothes,” Feny, a seller at the Mangga Dua Square shopping center, Jakarta, told Historia.

In predominantly Muslim countries, religious leaders forbid Valentine’s Day celebrations. The reason, besides referring to the religious leaders of St. Valentine, Valentine’s Day is considered no longer as a day of affection but rah-rah which is spiced with promiscuity. But young people still celebrate it, until now.

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