Edited by Jakob Saucier
Valentine's Day is a special and enjoyable time for many people to spend time with their loved ones. It originated many many years ago. There are a few myths that are believed to be the reason Valentine's Day became a holiday. They all have to do with a priest named Valentine and an Emperor named Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II had an idea that single soldiers are better in war than soldiers with kids and wives and families are. He decided that young men can't get married so that they can be better soldiers. Valentine didn't like this and did secret weddings for young men and women. Claudius II figured this out and sent Valentine to death
Another myth was that Valentine helped men escape from prisons. In these prisons they were being tortured and beaten. One last myth states that Valentine was in a prison. He fell in love with a girl who visited him in jail. Some say she was the jailer's daughter, but he sent letters to her. One of which includes the phrase, “From your Valentine”, and is still used today. There are also different ideas people believe in for the reason Valentine's Day was placed on the day it was. Some say it was placed on the day Valentine had died or was buried. Others say it's there because it was just a way for Christians to “christianize” the day of Lupercalia.
This Valentine’s Day, while you're thinking of all the myths and legends of the holiday, there are many things you can do with that special someone in your life. On February 11 & 12 in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, on Congress Street, Portland, a couple’s guided tour is being held. In this 19th century love-themed tour, you'll learn about the story of the Longfellow’s tales of love. Before the tour, there will be local chocolates served as you enjoy a glass of sparkling cider.
Also, on Sunday, at 2 p.m., at Chapel at Woodford’s Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, there will be a concert with multiple artists. This event is hosted by The Lark Society for Chamber Music and the University of Southern Maine School of Music, and features, Portland String Quartet violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, Director of Keyboard Studies. This duo will be playing a variety of beautiful music such as Sonata No. 3 by Edvard Grieg and works by Christian Sinding, Arvo Part and Astor Piazzolla, among others. These two events together will make a wonderful weekend for you and your significant other.
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