How Did Valentine’s Day Actually Start?

This week husbands and boyfriends will be desperately searching at the last minute for something to give that lovely lady in their hearts.

I know what you’re thinking Matt, but that’s not politically correct anymore. Guess what, I don’t care. My site, my rules.

Women anxiously await what they’re going to get, but do Men actually dread it?

Valentine’s Day was recorded in Europe as early as 465 A.D. and tradition states that Pope Gelasius declared an end to the Roman pagan fertility festival, Lupercalia. To replace it the Pope came up with what we now know as St. Valentine’s Day.

Now that’s when it was instituted, but normally popes use practices already in place to replace such things. Therefore it’s pretty accurate that Valentine’s existed before 465 A.D.

The Roman martyr named St. Valentine’s served as a Bishop in Rome during the reign of Claudius, ca. 250 A.D. He was known as “the cruel.” Which it’s believe came because he served in the Roman army, where he had lets say a “temperament.”

When he became emperor, Claudius decided to forbid marriage between young people, for his misguided theory that unmarried men fight better than married men.

Bishop Valentine who didn’t agree with the emperor disobeyed the order. Soon he was outed and sent to prison. The tradition states that his jailer had a blind daughter, and Valentine would pray for her. Somehow, and it’s not known how she regained her sight again.

Claudius ordered Valentine executed on February 14th, the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, for special spite. Eventually Claudius overruled himself and marriage was restored to the empire. Over the course of time, the Pagan holiday was drowned out, and Valentine’s remains.

So now you know how Valentine’s Day originated, let the love making begin!

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