Valentine’s Day 2022: Google celebrates Valentine’s Day with a doodle

In its own unique way, Google wishes us a Happy Valentine’s Day, “Valentine’s Day”. The playful search engine doodle invites users to “solve” the puzzle and bring the two separated animals together again!

Every year on February 14, millions of people around the world celebrate Valentine ‘s Day. This, after all, reminds us of today’s Google doodle. 

February 14 is associated mainly with sweets, flowers, candlelit meals and romantic music, travel and many gifts. But behind this Valentine’s image lies a mysterious – and horrific – story of the beheading and scattering of limbs across Europe.

Valentine was a clergyman in the Roman Empire and was executed in the third century on February 14 for allegedly violating the Roman prohibition on marriage. A church in Dublin now claims to have the saint’s heart in its exhibits, while its supposed skull is on display in a Basilica (church) in Rome. His skeleton is again believed to be in a gold box in a Glasgow convent, while his shoulder is an attraction in a Prague Basilica and his remains are boxed in glass in a church in Madrid. But there is also Terni in central Italy, the famous city of Valentine. There his remains attract the faithful to the Basilica of St. Valentine, the oldest construction of which is supposed to have been built over his tomb.

Therefore there is a large number of catholic churches in Europe claiming ownership of the relics of Valentine. However, it is not clear where his real remains are and this lack of common consent underscores the depth of the mysteries surrounding Valentino.

The history of Valentine’s Day is so obscure that, despite being a recognized saint, it was deleted from the General Roman Calendar in 1969 – the liturgical almanac that identifies saints’ dates – due to a lack of reliable information about his life.

In the West however Valentine’s Day is considered according to many, February 14 is probably associated with the fertility festival which was celebrated by the Romans on February 15 (“Lupercalia”).

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