Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on 14 February in all around the world.
It is a day that people show their love for another people or person by giving gifts, chocolates or flowers. But where did these traditions come from? Scroll down about the history of Valentine’s Day.
History of Valentine’s Day
The day gets its name from a saint, but there are many stories of who he was.
One of the popular story about Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome druing the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided had banned marriage because he taught single men made better soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of decree so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.
Emperor Claudius found out and sentenced to death.
According to legend, Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter who brough him food and tried to save him. Before his death, he sent her a note signed ‘ From your Valentine’. It is an popular expression that is still in use today.
Although we don’t know the truth behind the Valentine’s Day legends, the story emphasize as a heroic and romantic figure.
According to researches, the first Valentine’s day was in the year 496 which originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia.Lupercalia festival officially the start of springtime.
When February 14 associated with love, we don’t know but it commonly believed in England and France that February 14 was the beginnig of birds mating season which made Valentine’s Day as a love day.
Valentine greeting were popular during Middle Ages but written Valentine notes didn’t begin to appear until 15th century.
Valentine’s Day began to become popular around the 17th century.
In the middle of 18th century, February 14 was common for lovers and friends to exchance small handwrittedn notes and gifts. In 20 th century printing technology improved and people started to give printed cards which was an easy way for people who is shy to express their emotions directly.
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