Over the world, on every February 14, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones. This unique day is named after St. Valentine.
Here is the story of patron saint that will tell you about how the Valentine’s Day started. We know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.
It is said that the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. It is believed that one legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. There was a time when Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Then Valentine, realized that this is injustice of the decree, thus he defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he will be put to death.
There are many other stories that suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.
For these definite reasons, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February of every year.