Where did Valentine’s Day originate?

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By: Prix Hixson, Journalist

We’ve all heard of the famous day of love, Valentines day, but it’s more than that and where it comes from. The word “Valentine’s Day” is named after Saint Valentine, a catholic priest from Rome in the 3rd century. Many things people do on Valentine’s day today, or things people do to represent love to each other, such as writing secret admirer notes to your lover, came from Saint Valentine. This process of making these notes to people has changed dramatically over thousands of years of first started off as using a quill pen and writing it on a paper, to simply typing an email to this person. Valentines was widely known, he helped Christian, young couples get married. Each story about St. Valentine can be different due to the mystery of his real identity. One of these legends is what is mentioned in this story, being a priest in the 3rd century apart of Rome, but could also be heard as disobeying Emperor Claudius II that all single men belong in the army. Valentine did the best he could to help men get married and was soon put to death because of it.

The history of Valentine’s day is a Christian and ancient Roman tradition to remember St. Valentine’s death date. Many more myths carry on still today on how Valentine’s Day really started. One being the date of St. Valentine’s death (February 14th) to always remember him, others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia.

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Valentine

https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

https://www.history.com/news/6-surprising-facts-about-st-valentine