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St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, a holiday when lovers express their devotion and affection for each other, has its roots in another medieval holiday held around the Roman festival of Lupercalia which was celebrated for the coming of spring, fertility, and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. Yikes, that is medieval. Can you imagine? The thought conjure ups scary images of another holiday, Halloween.
Anyway, thank goodness for Pope Gelasius forbid the holiday and some attributed with replacing it with St. Valentine’s Day which did not start off as a day of love and romance.
At around 270 CE, the emperor Claudius II Gothicus who was a martyred priest signed a letter to his jailer’s daughter whom he healed from blindness, “from your Valentine”. Other’s believe that a bishop, St Valentine of Terni, for whom the holiday is named, defied the emperor , and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. That is why it is a feast day associated with love.
It wasn’t until the 1500’s that formal messages or Valentines appeared and then in 1700’s commercially printed cards were used. In the US this custom of sending commercially printed cards didn’t come about until the 1800’s. Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts became the symbol of emotion. Because the avian mating season starts in February, they also, became a symbol of this treasured day.
St. Valentine’s Day became popular all over the world, and it is not uncommon for couples to get engaged or married. Then this celebration began to spread among friend, relatives and especially, school children love to exchange valentine’s.