Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Why are Valentine's Day Colors Red, White and Pink?

Hint: This riddle is from Puccini's opera, Turandot: "What flickers red and warm like a flame, but is not fire?" Find out why St. Valentine's Day is associated with red and white from a Christian perspective (lest we forget the roots of this holiday): Colors (Red, White and Pink) - From Celebratingholidays.com

Related topic: "Who Is St. Valentine?

"It is believed that St. Valentine served as a priest in third century Rome.* At that time, Emperor Claudius II had a standing decree that young single men were not to marry. The Emperor thought that marriage and children were a distraction to men of fighting age who were needed to serve as soldiers with their full allegiance given to Rome.

"It was perhaps similar thinking that led Claudius into the habit of persecuting Christians. The Emperor (rightly) believed that Christians devoted their strongest allegiance to something and someone other than Rome.

"St. Valentine, believing that Claudius was interfering with matters of the Church and of God, is said to have married young lovers in secret. He also assisted many Christian martyrs, helping some to escape the harsh Roman prisons.

"For one or both of these reasons, Valentine himself was imprisoned. Yet, difficult conditions did not hinder his very evident commitment to the Lord. He preached his faith to his prison guard Asterius, who was converted and baptized along with his whole family. And, it is said that St. Valentine restored sight to the blind, adopted daughter of Asterius, with whom he fell in love (remember, priests were allowed to marry before the fourth century)." Continue reading: Valentine's Day History - Celebrating Holidays