Who was St Valentine?
The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.
Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.
When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.
There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.
How did Valentine’s Day start?
Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival.
The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February, officially the start of their springtime.
It’s thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they’d get married.
Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too.
Gradually, St Valentine’s name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.
Valentine’s Day Fun Facts!
“Be my Valentine.” Sound familiar? Yes, since the beginning of the year for some.
These are some interesting and funny facts that we should know:
1. It began with a death in the ancient Roman Empire! Claudius II, 270 A.D., did not want men to marry during wartime because he thought that single men were better warriors. Despite this imperial order, Bishop Valentine celebrated secret weddings until he was executed on Feb. 14.
2. The lovely “X” symbol: Have you seen or used this mark as proof of your love? It comes from medieval times. It was a kissing symbol in that time used in a letter as proof of sincerity.
3. In the Middle Ages, young men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They clipped the names to their sleeves for an entire week, so everybody could see it.
4. Chocolate. On Valentine’s Day: It’s almost impossible not to eat this delicious temptation, right? We are not the only ones. Casanova (known as the world’s greatest lover) ate chocolate to make him virile.
5. Although 73 percent of people buy flowers on this day, they apparently, are not the ones who receive more valentines. They are adorable teachers, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
Now that you know a little more about this day, go have fun and enjoy it with your loved ones.