The History of Valentine’s Day 

By: Sydney Stigall

     Every February 14, in many places all around the world, flowers, candy, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But, who is St. Valentine, and how did he contribute to this day full of love and romance?

     February has been celebrated as a month of romance for a long time, but the history of how Valentine’s Day came about is full of mystery. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. Of the many legends, one states that during the third century in Rome, Valentine was a priest who had served his community. Under Emperor Claudius II’s rule, Claudius had discovered, or so he thought, that single men made better soldiers than those who had families and wives. So, Claudius outlawed marriage for the young men. But Valentine disobeyed Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secrecy. Upon finding this out, the emperor sentenced Valentine to death.

     Another legend suggests that an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself upon falling in love with a young girl. This girl had visited him during his confinement. Before his time of execution arrived, Valentine had written her a letter signed “From your Valentine” which coined Valentine cards.

     Sometime after the fifth century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. However, it was not until much later that the day became definitively associated with love.

     Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world in such places as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. Some common ways to send your love to your significant other include: sending flowers, making a candy bouquet or perhaps a candy gram, and cards either handwritten or ready-made. How will you share your love?

Posted by scomegys On 26 February, 2018 at 9:28 AM