The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
There are three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, and none of their lives had happy endings. The most probable candidate for the St. Valentine was a third-century priest in Rome. Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men because he realized single men made better soldiers. Valentinus felt that this was an unjust law, and he performed secret marriages for young lovers in defiance of Claudius. When this was discovered, Valentinus was put to death.
According to legend, while Valentinus was in prison awaiting his death, he fell in love with a young woman, who may have been the daughter of his jailor. He sent her a letter, which he signed, "From your Valentine," and we still use that expression to this day.
Did you know approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas?
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