Lovers & St Valentine's Day have long
been associated. History is rich with stories as to how
Valentine's day started . Here are some of these Valentine
Valentine was a priest living in Rome in the days of Emperor
Claudius II (2nd century AD). Claudius prohibited the marriage
of young people as it was believed that unmarried soldiers
fought better !
St Valentine ignored the edict, secretly marrying the Christian
Valentine was beheaded in 269 AD. Valentine had previously
healed the daughter of Asterius . Valentine last words were
written in a note to her saying 'from your Valentine'.
Hence the tradition of signing valentines
cards 'from your valentine'.
St Valentine became the patron saint of lovers due to this
support of romantic couples.
Pope Gelasius in 496 AD honoured Valentine with sainthood.
St. Valentine Day was the new name for the pagan Lupercalia
fertility celebrations of 14 February. During this formerly
pagan ceremony, the matching of young women & men became
known as Saint Valentine's Day .
St. Valentine's association with love and romance comes
also from the Roman god Cupid & Eros in Greek mythology
also associated with fertility.
This is reflected in St Valentines Day celebrations. Indeed,
Cupid with his little bow & arrow adorns many St Valentines
Day cards. Eros was the young son of Aphrodite, the
goddess of love and beauty.
In medieval England even Chaucer (1346-1400) even recorded
St Valentines Day in his Parliament of Foules (Modern translation
For this was sent on Saint Valentine's
every fool comes there to choose his
Saint Valentine's Day was initially celebrated by sending
poems and simple gifts .
The 1600's saw the first St Valentine's Day celebrations
in the UK.
By 1750, lovers began to send intimate love letters &
gifts to one another on St Valentines Day. Printed Valentines
Day cards soon appeared & the new postal service
dramatically increased the custom of sending affectionate
Valentine's Day greetings.
Now St Valentines Day, often called Valentines Day, is the
second biggest card sending occasion after Christmas Day.
E-Valentines Day cards
Valentines Day flowers, Valentines chocolates, St Valentines
day Champagne, Valentines Day trysts, Valentines Day Romantic
breaks, St Valentines Day romantic dinners, Valentines Day
perfumes, St Valentines Day jewellery , Valentines Day hampers,
Valentines Day Dating & St Valentines Day parties are
all part of the modern day St Valentines celebrations.