How did Valentine's Day Begin?
Feb 6, 2023
Valentine's Day is a day dedicated to celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. But where did this holiday originate and how did it become the hallmark of romantic love?
The history of Valentine's Day dates back to ancient Rome, where a festival called Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15th to mark the arrival of spring. During this festival, young men would draw the names of women from a box and pair up for the duration of the festival. This pairing would often lead to romance and marriages.
However, the holiday we now recognize as Valentine's Day has its roots in the Christian tradition. There are several stories about Saint Valentine, who was a martyr for love and devotion. One story states that Saint Valentine was a priest who defied the orders of the Roman Emperor Claudius II and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Saint Valentine was discovered, he was sentenced to death.
It is said that before his execution, Saint Valentine wrote a letter to the jailer's daughter, who had visited him while he was in prison. He signed the letter "From your Valentine" and this phrase has been associated with the holiday ever since.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, the holiday evolved into a day to express love and affection through the exchange of love letters, gifts, and sweets. This tradition continues today, with many couples exchanging gifts and chocolates, dining out, or simply spending time together on this special day.
Valentine's Day has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries, cultures, and religions. It is a day to celebrate love and all of its forms, whether it be romantic love, the love of family, or the love of friends. So, go ahead and spoil your loved ones with a special gesture, a heartfelt message, or simply a box of chocolates. After all, what's Valentine's Day without a little bit of sweetness?