The History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that we are all familiar with. But why? Do you actually know why we all spend enormous amounts of money on chocolates, cards, balloons, and dates? Worry no more; I am here to break it all down for you.

Valentine’s Day dates back centuries to Roman times and even maybe before. The Catholic church recognizes three Saints named Valentine or Valentinus; all of whom were martyred. One legends says that Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II banned young men from marrying, Valentine continued to marry young couples in secrecy. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, the emperor ordered him to death. (Harsh, right?) While confined, Valentine sent the first “valentine card” to his lover from jail. This formed the tradition of writing valentine cards to lovers in the English world.

Another story behind Valentine’s Day comes from Pagan traditions, celebrating the day of St. Valentine’s burial which probably occurred in A.D. 270.

With all of this being said; what will you do for your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Will you send them flowers, or chocolates?

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