With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, you’ve likely already started preparing to give flowers, cards, or candy to the people you love. This has long become a tradition to honor Saint Valentine. But just who is this mysterious Saint? Time for a quick history lesson.
The idea of Valentine’s Day origin is shrouded in mystery, but there are lots of different ideas as to where or how tit all started. The Roman’s celebrated a festival called Lupercalia on February 15. The festival was intended to keep away the danger of wolves to their flocks and honored their God Lupercalia. It is thought that perhaps Valentine’s Day is based on this festival.
Another legend goes back to third century Rome. During that time, there was an Emperor Claudius II was frustrated that no men wanted to be soldiers. They wanted to stay home instead with their wives and children. Emperor Claudius II thought that single men would be better soldiers so he outlawed marriage for all young men serving in his army. According to legend, Saint Valentine, who was a priest, thought this rule wasn’t fair and decided to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out , he had Valentine thrown in prison, and later put to death. While in prison, he sent letters to his friends and family asking them to Remember your Valentine.
We may never know the true story behind the man named St. Valentine, but what we do know, is that Valentine’s Day has been known as the month of love for centuries.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?