What is Valentine's Day?

by Vickie Kulp January 17, 2019 1 min read

Valentine Day is February fourteen. As children, most of us exchanged little Valentine cards with our classmates in elementary school regardless if we liked the other kid or not. ha ha  As we got older, many of us celebrated with a loved one. I never knew exactly what the holiday was for so I decided to do a little researching on the internet. After doing so, I found out there isn't one concrete reason it's a holiday. Different religions and countries honor their own Saint Valentine.

Many early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Valentine of Rome is honored on February fourteen. He was a priest around the year 269.  Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers. Soldiers were forbidden to marry. Legend says Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge. Before his execution, he wrote a farewell letter to her and signed it "Your Valentine". Below is a 3-D facial reconstruction of Saint Valentine of Rome.

In eighteenth century England, Valentine Day was an occasion for lovers to express love to each other by giving flowers, confectionery and sending greeting cards. 

 

Valentine Day is recognized on July six in the Eastern Orthodox Church in which Saint Valentine, the Roman presbyter is honored.

These are just a few reasons for Valentine Day. No matter why you celebrate, it's a nice holiday to give a gift to a loved one such as candy, flowers or something that can be used every Valentine Day like a pretty Valentine flag from flagsrus.org HERE. 


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