How Did Valentine’s Day Start?

Godin, M. (2020, February 12). The Unique Way Finland and Estonia Celebrate Valentine's Day. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://time.com/5778265/valentines-day-finland-estonia/

Godin, M. (2020, February 12). The Unique Way Finland and Estonia Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://time.com/5778265/valentines-day-finland-estonia/

Lacey Talaska

Every Feb. 14, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged across the United States for the special holiday called Valentine’s Day. All of this is done in the name of St. Valentine. The question is where did St. Valentine and these traditions come from? 

 

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day contains the remaining Christian and ancient Roman traditions. One legend takes on that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than men who have families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young men in secret. When Claudius discovered Valentine’s actions, he sent him to be put to death. 

 

There are many other legends, which all emphasize Valentine’s  appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, thanks to his reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France. Some say that Valentine’s day is celebrated in the middle of February because that is when Valentine passed.

 

We exchange gifts during Valentine’s Day to show our love to our friends, family, and significant others. This is the way of honoring the courageous St. Valentine. Some people think that Valentine’s Day is foolish and should not be celebrated as a real holiday, but others believe that it is a real special holiday to express their love to others and honor the many different legends about St. Valentine.

Godin, M. (2020, February 12). The Unique Way Finland and Estonia Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://time.com/5778265/valentines-day-finland-estonia/