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The Story of Valentine's Day

by Social Studies Samurai

Pages 2 and 3 of 20

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The Story of Valentine's Day
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Every year on February 14th, people around the world give gifts, chocolates, and cards to their sweethearts. This is Valentine’s Day. But who was St. Valentine? Where did these traditions come from? How has the tradition spread around the world? How did the tradition go from beheading to betrothing?

For a long time February has been celebrated as a month of romance, but many of the St. Valentine’s Day traditions are shrouded in mystery. This is the story of St. Valentine’s Day. 

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The Story of Valentine's Day
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Cover Image: Wikimedia. Public Domain.
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The Legend of St. Valentine
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The origins are certainly traced back to ancient Rome, with pagan and Christian roots. But first, who was Saint Valentine? The Catholic Encyclopedia and other hagiographical sources mention three Saint Valentines that appear in connection with February 14. They were named Valentine or Valentinus and were possibly the same person. (the name “Valentinus”comes from the Latin word for ‘worthy’ or ‘powerful’ and was popular between the second and eighth centuries) Interestingly, the three ‘Valentines’ were all martyrs, as early origins began during the period of Christian persecution in ancient Rome.
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The Story of Valentine's Day
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Image: St. Valentine in Prison. Public Domain.