History of Valentines Day

St. Valentine, the legend.

Kaitlyn Mitchell, Contributor

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Every February 14, across the United States, and in other places around the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones. This is all in the name of St. Valentine.

Who is this St. Valentine you may ask? One legend said that Valentine was a priest who served during the Third Century in Rome. When the Emperor said that he thinks that single men make better soldiers than men who have families, he made it illegal for young men to get married. Valentine defied the Emperor and decided to keep performing marriages for young people in love. Once his actions were discovered, he was sentenced to death by the Emperor. St. Valentine died on February 14, 269 AD. Valentine’s day is celebrated in his memory on the same day of his death, we celebrate this day to remember St. Valentine.

(This is the day of love and relationships because St. Valentine was a person that illegally married people that weren’t supposed to be able to get married.)

 

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History of Valentines Day