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Published:February 15th, 2006 12:42 EST

International perspective of Valentine's Day

By Saly Alhady

Valentine, this mysterious saint who gave February 14th this holy shadows of love, he painted this day with the red color of romantic emotions and marked it with lover's roses.

Actually there were at least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of February 14th, one of them was a bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) suffered martyrdom in the second half of the 3rd century and was buried on the Via Flaminia,the second was a martyr in North Africa, and we don`t have enough information about him,but the third was the most one has known ,his story began in Rome during the third century at the time Rome was ruled by hated emperor named Claudius II ,he wanted to make a strong army but many men refused to join it, and he thought  that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he decided outlawed marriage for young men.

Valentine realizing the cruel decision, he defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret,one night while he was marring a couple the soldgers came and caught him but the couple could escape,he was thrown in jail and death was his punishment.

Many young people went to the jail and threw flowers and notes up to his window. While he was in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl (was the daughter of the prison guard) who visited him during his confinement. Before his death he wrote to her a loving letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine`.

On February 14, 269 A.D, he died.  However, he wrote a lesson to Lovers with his blood to express their love for each other.