Valentine’s Day is the celebration of LOVE and people celebrate it all around the world on February 14th. Traditionally it is a day of ROMANCE that couples celebrate together but nowadays friends and family members also exchange little gifts, candy or cards as a sign of their affection.
But what is the history of this celebration?
There are many different myths about the origins of Valentine’s Day but one of the most popular ones is about Saint Valentine, a Roman priest in the 3rd century.
Emperor Claudius II was the Roman leader at that time and he believed that single men were better soldiers than those with wives and children, so he banned marriage for all young men. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly continued to marry young lovers. When Claudius II discovered what Valentine was doing he ordered the priest to be executed.
Valentine’s execution occurred on February 14th . In the 5th century the church designated the 14th of February as the day to honor this saint.