The REAL History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love from your significant other or family. Although Valentine’s Day didn’t come from an origin of love. The real story is actually kind of shady.

It all started when Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages, because he believed that married men made bad soldiers. One man by the name of St. Valentine did not abide by the rules. So he helped arrange secret marriages for other people. After they caught him in the act of this, they imprisoned him. Later on they were to execute him. As Valentine sat in his jail cell, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. On the day of his execution, he sent the jailer’s daughter a love note and signed it “your valentine” on the day February 14.

Not only does the meaning not match up, but neither does the icon for Valentines Day. Cupid is the god of love and desire, and was added on way later. He does not have a very important role in this holiday. He takes form in the body of a baby and flies around with his wings. Cupid also has a bow and arrow, whoever gets struck by the arrows, fall in love. It was not until the 18th century that Valentine’s Day started to take off in England, with the love, sweets, pink, and much more.

Now, after years of celebrating, and about a billion Valentine’s Day cards being exchanged, Valentine’s Day is the second largest seasonal card holiday in the nation. So I guess you could say Valentine’s Day has changed just a little.

by Roxy Pepper

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