Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Haiku Challenge, day 14

Valentine's day, a day to send cards to secret lovers or give gifts to the one you love. But ... who was Valentine? I did some research on Valentine.

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is a holiday observed on February
14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is the name of several (14 in all ) martyred saints of ancient Rome. The name "Valentine", derived from valens(worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in Late Antiquity. Of the Saint Valentine whose feast is on February 14, nothing is known except his name and that he was buried on the Via Flaminia north of Rome on February 14, he was born on April 16. It is even uncertain whether the feast of that day celebrates only one saint or more saints of the same name. For this reason this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969. But "Martyr Valentinus the Presbyter and those with him at Rome" remains in the list of saints proposed for veneration by all Catholics

Well ... now I know a little bit more of Saint Valentine's Day. Now I can write a few new haiku for today's haiku challenge :-)

behind the clouds
the mysterious moon
'be my Valentine'

Valentine's Day
the postmen brings love cards
someone unknown

newly weds
eating oysters
under the plum tree

her lovely face
smiling at me in the mirror
'love you forever'

newly weds
under the blooming cherries
Ah! how lovely

Until tomorrow :-)


Asni said...

Thank you for the accompanying synopsis of St Valentine's Day. The last three are very sweet and romantic.

Noble said...

lovely set of haiku u have composed enjoyed each of dem :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful series of haiku! Especially love the image of the mysterious moon behind the clouds!

Sri Valli said...

Beautiful haiku, Enjoyed reading them :)

... said...

The last two..
are beautiful and delight.

Andy Sewina said...

Yeah, nicely! Love the way you got the blooming cherries in!
Happy Valentines Day!

Grace said...

Thanks for the info on St. Valentine ~

I love your set, specially about the newly weds ~

Happy hearts day ~

Cressida said...

Newly weds eating oysters under the plum tree is a beautiful image

Amber said...

Oh wow! The whole set is so good! Nicely done! :)

Chèvrefeuille said...

I am not of Valentine's Day, because I think love is for every day ... say 'I love You' to the ones you love around you every day.
I have written these haiku on Valentine's Day and Love ... with a lot of pleasure.
I am glad that you, my dear visitors, like them. Thank you all for the wonderful words and ... Happy Valentine's Day.

ultimate love
to say I love you
every day

Someone is Special said...

'newly weds
under the blooming cherries
Ah! how lovely'

Beautiful! Magical words from your pen.. SmileS..