History of Valentine’s Day


Carsyn Lincks

    Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 and it is a time to show the people you love how much you care about them. But where did it all start? Well here is the answer to all your questions.

    Valentine’s Day was started by a man named St. Valentine who was also known as the mysterious saint. We do know for sure that February has always been the month of love and that both Christian and ancient Romans traditions are mixed into Valentine’s Day. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred, which means killed for one’s religious beliefs.   

    One legend depicts Valentine as a priest who served during the third century in Rome. There was an outlaw of marriage to young men by Emperor Claudius ll because at this time he realized that unmarried men make better soldiers than married. But then Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, deified Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

    Experts don’t really know why Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February but some people say it is meant to represent the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Valentine’s day is a day to show how much you care for people but it also goes so far back we don’t know the full extent it was celebrated to. If you want to read more on the history of Valentines click the link below. Hope you enjoyed learning about the History of Valentines.

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