History Of Valentine’s Day

This write up contains history of Valentine’s Day as well as Valentine Day history facts. On this page you can also get matter on Valentines Day history for kids.

Valentine’s Day has become a traditional day for the lovers. Everyone as a lover openly expresses his/her love towards that special someone on this day. People of each age group celebrate this day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Every year this special day is celebrated on February 14th, in the name of Saint Valentine. The story behind the association of Saint Valentine to the Valentine’s Day is quite interesting. The Catholic Church today recognizes three saints who were either named Valentine or Valentinus and unfortunately all three of them were martyred.

Legend I
In ancient Rome, when Emperor Claudius II was the ruler of Rome, the country was involved in various bloody and unpopular campaigns. It proved a very difficult time for the Emperor because he was not getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the soldiers were not interested in joining the military only because of their affection towards their families and loved ones. This belief made Claudius II cancel all the engagements as well as marriages taking place in Rome. Those days Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome. He along with Saint Marius did not agree with the Emperor and realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. But unfortunately his kind deed could nor remain a secret for long and the cruel Claudius ordered to have his head cut off. It was the 14th day of February when the Saint suffered from the martyrdom.

Legend II
There are also stories that suggest that Saint Valentine used to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. Actually the Christians who were captured and put into the prison were often harshly beaten and tortured. The kindhearted Valentine could not withstand all this torture and hence decided to help the Christians. Further it is believed that the then emperor for attempting such an action that was considered unfavorable for the nation might have killed him.

Legend III
Yet another legend suggests that the Saint Valentine, while in prison, fell in love with a young girl. That pretty young girl, it is believed, was the daughter of the jailor of the same jail. That girl used to visit Saint Valentine during his confinement. One day the saint sent the “Valentine” greeting to the girl. In fact that “Valentine” greeting is believed to be the first ever sent greeting to a loved one. Saint Valentine also wrote a letter to his beloved before his death, which he signed “From your Valentine”. This very expression later became a common phrase and it is in use even today. The lovers love writing this phrase and also call each other their Valentine.