Everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day with their loved ones, but do you know what Valentine’s day really is?
According to BBC News, Valentine’s was based on a famous saint, but there are multiple stories about who he was. People believe that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. The story goes like this, “Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’.”
Valentine’s Day was originated from a Roman festival. The Romans celebrated the festival to officially start their spring time. The Romans would have a girlfriend or a boyfriend for the night and sometimes they would have a steady relationship. Later on, the church wanted to use this festival to remember St. Valentine.
Next time one of your friends asks you about the meaning of Valentine’s day, you should tell them about St. Valentine.