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The origin of Valentine’s Day

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Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, is modernly defined by flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, cards attached with messages of love, and going out with that special someone, but how and where did it start?

The day gets its name from a famous saint or a rumored priest from Rome in the third century.

At the time Emperor Claudius II, Roman emperor from 41 to 54, banned marriage after the thought that married men were bad soldiers.

Valentine believed that this was unfair, so he defied the rules of the empire and arranged marriages in secret.

Unfortunately, Claudius found out and Valentine was thrown in jail and ordered to be put to death.

Jail, however, was not all bad for him because he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. He was taken to be killed on the 14th of February and allegedly sent the young girl a love letter signed “from your Valentine,” a phrase that is wildly popular on the end of greeting cards today.

Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

Valentine’s Day is an old tradition that is rumored to have come from the Roman festival Lupercalia where in celebration boys drew names of girls from a box. They would be boyfriend and girlfriend for the remainder of the festival and occasionally would get married.

The church later turned the festival into a Christian celebration, remembering St Valentine.

The name of St Valentine become more and more popular as a name used for people to express their feelings to those they loved.

The basis of the holiday has altered, but the fun continues.

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