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Is it to celebrate the love you have for your significant other, your children, your friends, parents or is it just a fun way to make February (winter) more alive?
The story of Valentine’s Day comes from the third century in Rome. The legend is from a period in time when an Emperor named Claudius ll decided that young single men made better soldiers. So he outlawed marriage for all young men.
A priest named Valentine was so upset and furious with this injustice that he decided to continue performing marriages for young lovers in secret. Claudius eventually discovered that Valentine disobeyed him and put him in prison before sentencing him to death.
During Valentine’s time in jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. She often visited him in prison. Right before Valentine was put to death, he sent a final note to the girl and signed it; “From your Valentine”. Valentine was executed on February 14th, 270 AD. History states that somewhere around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared February 14th a day to honor Valentine who had already became a saint.
Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day to honor St. Valentine and to celebrate our love for friends, family and of course our significant others. For thousands of years many countries around the world have celebrated February with fertility festivals. Also for centuries, flowers have been used to symbolize love, fertility, romance and marriage. Sending or giving flowers on Valentine’s Day has continued to symbolize love, romance and marriage. Valentine’s belief in true love continues today in every Valentine’s Day especially those signed “From your Valentine”.
In the 18th century a man named Charles ll of Sweden suggested that every flower and colour had a specific meaning attached to it. Therefore flowers could be used to send nonverbal messages to people. This practice has continued through out history especially on Valentine’s Day.