Even though its full name is Saint Valentine’s Day, most people refer to the holiday as Valentine’s Day or even as ‘The Feast of Valentine’s Day’. This holiday was originally intended to celebrate Saint Valentinus, a priest who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry but who was also persecuted for ministering to Christians.
Interestingly enough, Valentine’s Day wasn’t associated with romance or love until the 1700s when English people started celebrating it more or less the way we celebrate it today. For your consideration, we gathered ten of the most interesting facts associated with Valentine’s Day.
10The origin of Valentine’s Day
Several theories surround the nativity of Valentine’s day. The most feasible one involves Emperor Claudius II who did not want Roman men marrying during wartime. Bishop Valentine, on the other hand, violated this decree and performed secret weddings. He was then arrested, jailed and executed when the Emperor found this out. Before he was executed, he wrote a letter to the jailor’s daughter signing, ‘from your Valentine’.