History of Valentine’s Day


What is Valentine’s Day?
Every year on February 14 loved ones exchange flowers, cards and gifts all in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

The Legend of St. Valentine?
One legend contends that St. Valentine was a priest in the 3rd century in Rome who illegally performed marriage services for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered he was imprisoned.

According to legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly his jailor’s daughter who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly romantic figure.

Why is Valentine’s Day held on 14 February?
During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season and thus attributed this connection that Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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