Valentine’s Day may be associated with love and romance, but what is the origin of Valentine’s Day. Here’s the history of Valentine’s Day you may not know.
When is Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day always falls on February 14. Valentine’s Day 2022 is Monday, February 14.
How did Valentine’s Day start?
Valentines Day was created by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD to honour the Christian martyrs’ named Valentine. The religious observance of the day was deleted by Pope Paul VI from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 but is still often permitted. Valentine’s Day was first related to romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer during the Middle Ages.
Who was Saint Valentine?
It is said that in the third century, when a cruel emperor Claudius II of Rome persecuted those who were in love, then the Roman Catholic Church, St. Valentine disobeyed the emperor’s orders and gave a message of love, so he was imprisoned and hanged on 14 February 270.
Why do we celebrate Valentines Day?
Whatever the reason was, St. Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270. According to some of the historical sources of the Catholic Church, prior to his execution, St Valentine had cured the blindness of his jailor’s daughter and his final act was to write her a love message signed ‘from your valentine’. So, the practice of celebrating Valentine’s Day began on 14 February every year in memory of this saint who sacrificed for love.
Modern day Valentine tradition has grown to include spending special time with loved ones. It is expected that couples will do something together on Valentine’s Day to express their feelings.
The day is predominantly celebrated in Western countries but is beginning to make its presence in other countries as well.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the real story of Valentine’s Day?
The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honoured by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.
What is meaning of Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day, a holiday (February 14) is when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts.
Where did Valentine’s Day start?
The first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496! Having a particular Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival.
Who was the creator of Valentine’s Day?
The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.