The History of Valentine’s Day

Every February 14, it has become customary to celebrate the day of hearts, Valentine’s Day. But who exactly is Valentine’s? 

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The Legends of St. Valentine

The Catholic Church recognizes three Saints named Valentine or Valentinus. All three were martyred. Moreover, there are different versions of the legends of St. Valentine. 

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The first legend talks about how Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. During those times, marriage was outlawed by Emperor Claudius II because he believed single men were better at being soldiers. Valentine thought the law was absurd and continued to wed young couples. However, when he was caught, he was sentenced to death. 

The other version talks about Saint Valentine of Terni, who was also beheaded by Emperor Claudius II. 

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Another legend says that when Valentine was in prison, he wrote a letter and signed it with, “From your Valentine.”

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Why is it Valentine’s Day on February 14? 

Some people believe that it is the date of Valentine’s death. Quite creepy to celebrate love on the day of someone’s tragic demise. However, there are other people who think that the Christian church decided to align St. Valentine’s celebration in an attempt to “Christianize” the pagan festival called Lupercalia. 

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Lupercalia is a pagan festival of fertility that is dedicated to the Roman god of agriculture, Faunus. 

Guess the history of Valentine’s Day has its mysteries. But nonetheless, being able to celebrate the beauty of love is something we all should still look forward to. We all need a little love in this world because, through love, we can be better people.

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