Every year, February 14th is a day when millions of loved ones across the world share gifts; primarily flowers, chocolate, and jewelry, to show their love. Restaurants are filled with couples who are celebrating their relationship over a gourmet meal.
The story of Valentine’s Day starts back in 496 AD. Saint Valentine was a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies for young soldiers. When Claudius II became emperor of Rome, he banned the soldiers from getting married because he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, which made them weak. The bishop realized the injustice of this decree; and therefore met with the soldiers and their loves to secretly marry them. Unfortunately, Valentine was found out and arrested. It is believed he was executed on February 14th. Thus February 14th became a day for all couples to celebrate their love for each other; and a day to celebrate Valentine, a true believer in love, who became it’s patron saint.
February 14th became observed annually by young Romans who offered handwritten gestures proclaiming their affection for the woman in their hearts. This day still lives on as St. Valentine’s day.