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Comment: Letter: Regarding
Valentine’s Day

Feb. 10, p. 8
For most people Valentine’s Day is a day of affections and confections, a day of kisses, chocolates and flowers. But, just as Christmas is about more than gifts, Valentine’s Day has a deeper meaning.

The true romance of the celebration begins with the legend of St. Valentine in 270 AD. St. Valentine was a priest who was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and for aiding Christians who were being persecuted during the reign of Claudius the Goth (Claudius II).

He was sent to prison, where he was tortured in an attempt to make him renounce his Christian faith.
When Valentine instead tried to convert Claudius, he was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on Feb. 14, 270.

One legend says that while awaiting his execution, couples for whom he had conducted marriages brought him flowers and gifts to show their respect and admiration. (By Paul Kokoski, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Your comments:
I have been married now for seven years. Several times a day I tell my wife how much I love her and how lucky I am to have her. I bring her gifts when I feel like it. I do not need a designated day once a year to do this.

Valentine’s Day, like Christmas, is just one big commercialization and, when you are obligated to express your love, it loses all its meaning.


I am going to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Ahmad Muslim

In ancient Rome, Lupercalia — observed between Feb. 13 and 15 — was an archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome. The more general Festival of Juno Februa that means “Juno the purifier” or “the chaste Juno”, was celebrated on Feb. 13 and 14.

But, Kokoski conveniently forgot the facts and the reality.

Brien D.

Like everything else, Valentine’s Day has been corrupted to its lowest level by promoting sex, etc.
However, the true meaning is to show love to one another, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. Do you?

It has nothing to do with being a Muslim or not. Islam, like any other religion, promotes love for one another. So, beat it!

Rosita Siregar
Honolulu, Hawaii

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