The History of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentine's Day

Katelyn Benoit, Author

By: Katelyn Benoit

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated globally when people get someone in their life a card or an overpriced boquet of flowers. But how did this holiday start? 

Valentine’s Day is named after a Christian martyr. His name was Valentine, and many believed he was a priest in Rome in third century A.D. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage during this period because he thought when men get married, they will become bad soldiersValentine felt that this was very unfair, so he decided to break the rules that were set and arrange marriages behind the Emperor’s back. The Emperor found out and decided to put Valentine in jail and sentence him to death.  

St. Valentine

When Valentine was in jail, he started to fall in love with the jailor’s daughter. Then, Valentine’s day to be put to death had arrived, and the day was February 14th. Before he was put to death, he wrote a love letter to the daughter. The letter was signed “from your Valentine”.  

Having a valentine is a very old tradition. It originated from a Roman festival in the year 496. This festival was called Lupercalia and was held to officially start their springtime and celebrate woman’s fertility.  This festival usually took place in the middle of February. One of the celebrations included boys drawing girl’s names from a box. Whoever they drew, they became boyfriend and girlfriend. Sometimes, they would even get married. The Roman Church decided to turn this festival into a Christian holiday. They chose to also remember St. Valentine.  

“On Valentine’s Day, I will be making my family food,” said senior Rylea Wilson. Modern Valentine’s Day is celebrated by giving a loved person a gift to show love. Some examples would include flowers, a card, chocolate, etc.  

The History of Valentine’s Day is very interesting in terms of how it all started. Holidays like Valentine’s Day most likely have an interesting background.