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History of St.Valentine's Day

St. Valentineís Day was supposedly started in the time of the Roman Empire. In Ancient Rome, the date of February 14th was a holiday to honor the Queen of Roman Goddesses and Gods, Juno. Juno was known as the Goddess of women and marriage. The next day, February 15th, was the first day of the Festival known as the Feast of Lupercia.

On February 14th, it was said that the young girls of the villages would write down the names of every girl and place these names in a jar of which each young man would have to draw a name of a girl and this particular maiden would be their partner for the duration of the festival. Sometimes, these pairings would last a year and end up in marriage.

These rituals, under the laws of Claudius, were banned as the Emperor believed that the reason men would not go to war was because they did not want to leave their lovers or families. As a result all marriages and engagements were canceled. Saint Valentine, a Roman priest, was said to have married these couples in secret and for this he was executed on the 14th day of February.

While St. Valentine was in jail, it is said that he fell in love with the jailerís blind daughter. By a miracle, or some say by the prayers of Valentine, she gained her sight and as a last farewell, he wrote her a note reading "From Your Valentine".

Another story as to the origins of Valentine's Day was that Saint Valentine was a priest and a physician who would cure the sick. He was said to have tried to cure the jailerís blind daughter, but, was arrested and on the day of his execution he wrote a note as a final farewell saying "From Your Valentine", which some say is what caused her to gain her sight.

It is also said whilst he was in jail awaiting execution that he was sent little notes and flowers from the children whom he had helped when they were sick. This also may have been one of the reasons why he sent a farewell note to the jailerís daughter and why we send valentines.

St Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14th of each year; the reason why it is celebrated on this day is because this was the day that the Patron Saint of Lovers "St. Valentine" was supposedly executed. On this day lovers all around the world mark this occasion as a day for sending poems, cards, flowers or candy, etc. There may also be a social gathering or ball to mark the occasion.


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