Each February 14, individuals across the world exchange candies, flowers and gifts with their loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. It’s deemed to the ideal day to express your love and care for your special one or perhaps state your own feelings to the one you love. But do they actually understand the history behind this day? Here is how it began:
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were three ancient Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, along with the third, St. Valentine which virtually nothing is known about, except that he fulfilled his end in Africa. Astonishingly, all the 3 Valentines have been believed to have been martyred on February 14.
Valentine who had been a priest, served during the third century in Rome. Valentine felt that this was unfair so he celebrated marriages in secret. When the emperor found out he was thrown in prison and sentenced to death.
It wasn’t until over 200 years after that 14 February was proclaimed St Valentine’s Day. By this time Rome had become Christian and the Catholic Church was determined to stamp out any remaining paganism. A pagan fertility ritual has been held in February every year along with the Pope abolished this festival and surfaced 14 February Saint Valentine’s Day, thus establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints.
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