Valentine’s Day is the international holiday of LOVE, and as you may realize it is fast approaching! However, it isn’t all about roses, candy, and teddy bears. Valentine’s Day has a historical back ground, as well. Valentine’s Day is surrounded by the mystery of when it began. Many myths have been told, but the most commonly told legend begins in ancient Rome. Emperor Claudius II, also known as “Claudius the Cruel,” was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military league. He decided that the reason was because the Roman men didn’t want to leave their loves. Therefore, he forbade all marriages in Rome. With the help of Saint Marius, Saint Valentine ( a Roman priest) defied Claudius and performed secret marriages. Saint Valentine’s actions were soon discovered and he was sentenced to death. While in jail, it is believed that Saint Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. On the day of his death, February 14th, it is said that Valentine sent his beloved one last letter and signed it “From your Valentine.” Many years later in honor of Saint Valentine, Pope Gelasius set aside February 14th. Today many people celebrate Valentine’s Day with expensive dinners, boxes of candy, dozens of rose, and even engagement rings. Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular gift-giving holidays and it was all started because of Saint Valentine. Happy Valentine’s Day!!
By Molly Morrow