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[ad id=”1838″]Ethnographers hold a different view. “I believe that Armenian people should give preference to our national holidays. But if St. Valentine’s Day is becoming more popular among youth, it’s not so bad. Being a foreign holiday, it still has the right to existence. The more so because it can acquire national coloring in the course of time. Finally, it’s the holiday of love, which brings people positive emotions,” ethnographer Gohar Stepanyan said.
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine”. Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.
Stories may vary but for people, who can’t live without each other, it’s just another opportunity to say “I love you.”