Happy Valentine's Day: interesting facts about the holiday and the essence of love!

Happy Valentine's Day: interesting facts about the holiday and the essence of love!

Valentine’s Day is one of the brightest and tenderest holidays celebrated worldwide. But how much do you know about it? We prepared a portion of exciting facts you possibly have never heard of!


Let’s start with the origin of the holiday. According to the most popular legend the history of the holiday dates back to the third-century Rome, where the bishop named Valentine fought against Emperor Claudius II who banned marriages between young lovers.

Though the romantic legend presented in the video is closely connected with Christianity, some historians believe in pagan origins of the celebration. Way back in the 17th century Louis-Sébastien de Tillemont, a French historian, made a supposition that this Christian holiday has a lot in common with the pagan celebration of Lupercalia held annually in ancient Rome. The festival of Lupercalia was observed on February 13 through 15 in order to honor Faunus, the Roman god of fertility, and Juno Februata, a goddess of passionate love.

No matter what origin it has, we truly believe St. Valentine’s Day has the right to exist as long as it gives people positive emotions!

And now it’s time to talk about love since the holiday is devoted to this wonderful feeling. What is love? Is it something magical or can it be explained with the help of pure biology? Let’s see what scientists think about it:

The truth is that science still doesn't know much about love. However, most people who were in love at least once in their lifetime, believe that this feeling is nothing but real. For example, Maud Chalard, an art director and photographer from France, is one of the kind. Once she got tired of people who kept saying there is no love and started a photo project aimed to prove the opposite. She took pictures of different couples trying to render lovers’ tender attitude to each other. Maud's project turned out to be a success: her photos look natural yet beautiful.


And what about you? Do you celebrate St.valentine's Day? Do you believe in the power of love?

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17 Comments
Cynthia Jones
Cynthia Jones
Photos are very touching. ........the history revamped my memory. ... ..thank you so much.
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Feb 14, 2016 9:38PM
williamrlaughlin
Interesting that the photos are so myopic in their viewpoint. Where are the homosexual couples in love? Love is not only heterosexual. Romantic love knows no specific sexuality. Where are the pairs of lesbians and gay men? I think this photo essay missed the mark. It was sweet in its naivete, but totally incomplete, ignoring the great range of romantic love relationships.
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Feb 15, 2016 12:27AM
Dawn Mackall Wooden
Dawn Mackall Wooden
And the couples from other nationalities and cultural backgrounds? This was very much a one-sided layout. Leaves one wanting. ..
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Feb 15, 2016 2:16AM
williamrlaughlin
Dawn Mackall Wooden Not just couples of other races, but mixed race couples, too!
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Feb 15, 2016 2:21AM
Dawn Mackall Wooden
Dawn Mackall Wooden
William Laughlin Yes, those too. It really missed the mark.
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Feb 15, 2016 2:25AM
Sheila Thompson
Sheila Thompson
Well I believe the comments below expresses this deeply thanks for the effort it remains touching
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Feb 15, 2016 6:36AM
mblado
I ABSOLUITY BELIEVE in LOVE. If you are lucky enough to find your TRUE LOVE in this life time, I believe your love will have no time boundaries, and go on for ever, and you will meet that person in another life time. I also believe that is why some gay couples fall in love, because possibly they were a different gender in another life time. Unconditional love has no time limit, and no judgement,as to why, you love that person. "Love is the most powerful emotion that exites", even hate can't come close
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Feb 15, 2016 4:46PM
Alex Milner
You are absolutely right and we have added some beautiful photos of same-sex couples.
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Feb 15, 2016 5:02PM
williamrlaughlin
Alex Milner Thanks for the addition of homosexual couples and couples of other races, but I'm afraid you still don't get it. The "separate, but equal" afterthought doesn't quite cut it. Instead of having a straight, all white section first, followed by the gays and people of color, it would have been much more inclusive had you not made a big deal of the sexuality or race of the couples and simply mixed them together. The idea of equality is not to be held out as different but equal, but for the differences not to be pointed out or matter at all. I hate to carp on this too much, but until we are treated truly equally, the point must be made. Ideally, your photo essay should have been a mix of straight, gay, lesbian, black white, asian, and mixed race couples, all randomly mixed together, with no reference to sexuality or race. Therein lies true equality. When the differences are no longer viewed as such; when they do not get noticed or matter, then and only then will we have arrived.
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Feb 15, 2016 5:32PM
williamrlaughlin
Alex Milner One more note about the additional photos of same sex couples. There is a subtle difference between these photos and the originals. Something is missing. That is the feeling of intimacy of the first group that is lacking in the additional photos. The new ones are wedding photos and lack candid, natural intimacy. There is no art in these. They don't have the feeling of stolen moments shared between lovers, as the first 17 photos do. Photos of same sex couples are out there with the same feel of your original photos. You just need to find them or shoot them yourself.
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Feb 15, 2016 5:44PM
Nicole Toma-Tolman
awesome photos! <3
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Feb 16, 2016 12:34AM
williamrlaughlin
Are you kidding me? Women don't wear pants to represent a man! Pants are simply another fashion option other than a skirt or dress and do not necessarily represent one's sexuality. And you have apparently never heard of drag queens if you think men don't wear dresses!
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Feb 16, 2016 7:47AM
Janis Walzem
Janis Walzem
Wiliam, open your eyes and look again.
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Feb 16, 2016 6:03PM
williamrlaughlin
Janis Walzem, if you are talking to me, you are a bit late to the party. This photo essay has been amended as a direct result of my comments. If you would follow the whole thread, you would see that the photographer / author, Alex Milner, has acknowledged my comments and states that they have since added the additional photos of same sex couples. Did you seriously think I had missed more than a dozen photos of same sex couples? Give me a little more credit than that. By the way, my name is spelled, W-i-l-l-i-a-m!
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Feb 18, 2016 2:32AM
williamrlaughlin
Alex Milner I guess that's all we get from your photo essay; "separate, but equal"? Did you see my comments furthering this thread? PLEASE read them and give my thoughts some consideration. You were kind enough to add photos after my first comment, but you didn't take it all the way to full inclusiveness. It really matters to be included fully and not be treated like an exception or different. I hope you understand why your amendment to this piece didn't quite come up to expectations.
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Feb 20, 2016 6:31AM

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