It is a time of roses and chocolate; A time for love and lover’s. Valentine’s Day is a day celebrated by people in the United States, Mexico, Canada, France, Australia and the United Kingdom. While the origination of this holiday is unclear, Valentines Day historical background stories have the origination in Rome, during the third century.
St. Valentine is given credit for two of the stories. It is said that Emperor Claudius felt that men would be better soldiers if they were single. Valentine thought this unfair and went against the decree and secretly continued marrying young lovers. When Claudius discovered these actions, Valentine was ordered to be put to death.
The second story details the story of Valentine falling in love while in prison. He was imprisoned for helping Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. He, himself, was imprisoned and fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. He wrote her letters during his imprisonment. It is alleged that the last letter he wrote, before his death, was signed, “From Your Valentine”. This expression of love is still used today.
Another account says that Valentine’s Day was begun by Christians to “de-paganize” the celebration of Lupercalia. This was a fertility festival celebrated by Pagans on February 15 and was a festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman God of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founder’s Romulus and Remus. Christians felt that creating this holiday would help bring pagans to Christianity by de-emphasizing the pagan celebration.
Valentines began appearing about 1400. The oldest known valentine was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that Valentine’s Day became popular amongst Great Britain’s.
Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year… Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. (from http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day)
Whatever the origin, Valentine’s Day is now a day to express feelings to the one you love, for friends and family. Celebrate your love with flowers, a card, a big box of chocolates, a night out on-the-town, or a simple note. Whatever you decide, let those you love, know you care.