Who Was St. Valentine? and Why Do We Celebrate on February 14?

Hey guys! Everyone knows that valentine's day has celebrated every year on 14 February but hardly a few people know why we celebrate this day. In this article, you will read the most important facts about Valentine's day. So keep reading this till the end to know everything about the ‘day of love'.

Why Do We Celebrate Valentine's day on February 14?

There are many stories linked with this day but the first story is about 270 AD(3rd century) of Saint Valentine who was a Catholic priest who lived in Rome. At the time of Valentine's life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created very strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.

Then another story relates to this day, Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor's blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl's blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine'. Valentine had executed on 14 February in the year 270 AD.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Chaucer lived in the Middle Ages, the era of courtly love when broad, romantic statements of devotion—poems, songs, paintings—celebrated partnership. By the end of the 15th century, the word “valentine” was being used to describe a lover in poems and songs of the day, and in the 18th century, a book called The Young Man's Valentine Writer was published in England. By the mid-19th century, mass-produced paper Valentine's Cards were being created, and Valentine's Day as we know it was born.

The truth about Valentine's Day history is that the romantic holiday isn't immune to tragedy. During Prohibition in Chicago, seven men were killed by a gang organized by Al Capone on Feb. 14, 1929. The Valentine's Day Massacre became a flashpoint in Prohibition history, with police and lawmakers going after the gangs and mobs that had formed in cities to control then-illegal substances like alcohol.

What is Galentine's Day, and how is it related to Valentine's Day?

A modern (and fun!) take on Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day seems to have been popularized by Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. It's a day to celebrate the friends that you love.

It's celebrated on February 13 (leaving you plenty of time to celebrate your mate on official Valentine's Day the following day). Galentine's Day gifts have become a nice way to celebrate the people who mean so much to you.

What is the meaning of Valentine’s Day?

Over the years (and centuries), Valentine's Day has been a religious celebration, an ancient ritual day, and a commercial holiday. All that change means the meaning of Valentine's Day is truly whatever you want it to be: You can skip the celebrations completely, buy yourself some chocolate or flowers, or express your love and appreciation for the people in your life, whether they're co-workers, romantic partners, friends, or family members.

How Valentine's Day Can Be Celebrated?

You can celebrate the day of love however you want—even if it's just through self-love. Some ideas that could inspire you:

• You can plan a amazing dinner outside

• Watch a romantic movie (at the theater or cozy at home)

• Cook up a fancy romantic meal at home (or just a great Valentine's Day dessert)

• Host a Valentine's Day party

• Do some fun Valentine's crafts with your family

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