The History of Valentine’s Day

Isaac Gutierrez, Staff Writer

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Valentines day, the day of romance. The day that you show extra appreciation and affection to your partners and loved ones in the form of flowers, chocolates, and for those over-the-top people, flash mobs. Many celebrate this day of love, but don’t know the origin behind the celebration.

The day gets its name from St. Valentine but there is speculation as to who he really was. Its popular belief that he was a priest from Rome in the 3rd century AD.

The legend is that Emperor Claudius II banned marriage because he thought that married men were weaker than single men and created bad soldiers. St. Valentine thought this was unfair and would hold marriages for others in secret. When Claudius II found out about this, he threw Valentine in jail and sentenced him to death.

While in jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and on the day of his death ( February 14th), he sent her a love letter signed “ from your Valentine”.

The origin of the holiday is thought to have also originated from a Roman holiday.  Lupercalia was a holiday that was celebrated mid-February to celebrate the beginning of spring. Later on, the church decided that it wanted to make it a Christian celebration and decided to make it a day in memory of St. Valentine.

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