The History of Valentine’s Day

Like many holidays, Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery and is the result of merged customs and cultures.  The holiday, as we know it today, contains elements of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

One legend maintains that St. Valentine was a third century Roman priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s anti-marriage decree for soldiers. The brave Valentine secretly married soldiers until he was discovered and put to death.

Another version of the legend attributes Valentine’s Death to his efforts to free Christians from harsh Roman prisons.

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Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960 Wikipedia

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