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So where did Valentine's Day originate?
Is it a date promoted by the greeting card companies and florists to promote their products?
The history of Valentines Day and its patron saints has long
been a mystery. It seems to contain vestiges of both
Christian and roman traditions.The Catholic Church
recognizes three different Saint Valentine or 'Valentinus' all of
whom were martyred. One of these legends supposes that
Valentine was a priest serving in the third century in
Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made
better soldiers that married ones, with wives and children. He
outlawed all marriages for young men that could one day become his
potential soldiers. Valentine realized the injustice and continued
to perform the marriages in secret. When Claudius discovered what
Valentine was doing he ordered that he be imprisoned and,
eventually, put to death.
Another legend states that Valentine sent the first 'Valentine' greeting himself. It is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl while imprisoned. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he then signed 'From your Valentine', which is still in use today.
Some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of the month of February to commemorate the death of Saint Valentine, around 270 A.D. Others claim that the Christian Church decided to celebrate 'Valentine's Feast Day' in the middle of February in order to conceal and 'Christianize' the celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival.
It is believed that in ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was a time of purification. Houses were faithfully cleansed by sweeping and then sprinkled with salt and a type of wheat called 'spelt' throughout the interior. Lupercalia began February 15th as a fertility festival dedicated to 'Faunas', the roman god of agriculture, as well as the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. To begin the festival, the Lupercalia, an order of Roman priests, would gather in a cave, thought to be the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus were brought up by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. The priests would then cut the hides into strips, dipping them into the sacrificial blood and taking to the streets, gently slapping both women and the crops with the goat hides. This was a welcomed practice because the women believed it would make them more fertile during the year and a better prospect for marriage. Later in the evening, the women would put their names into an urn. The young bachelors would draw a name from the urn and become paired with the chosen name. These matches often ended in marriage. Years later, this lottery system was deemed un-Christian and was outlawed.
The oldest known Valentine is dated around 1415. It was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London. Years later, King Henry V hired a writer to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. The practice of celebrating the season began around the seventeenth century. By the eighteen century it was common for friends and sweethearts to exchange small gifts of affection or written notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace the handwritten ones.
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent out each year, making this holiday the second-largest card-sending holiday of the year (Christmas still remains #1).