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ST Valentine Patron Saint Of Lovers

Updated on February 13, 2010

Patron Saint of Lovers

Saint Valentine

February 14th is Saint Valentines day, but Who was Saint Valentine?.

The actual origins of the Patron saint of lovers is unknown but there are three differing opinions as to who he actualy was.

1) A Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up his Christianity on February 14th 269 A.D.,a day that had been devoted to love lotteries.

2) Saint Valentine was a prisoner who fell in love with the jailers daughter and left her a farewell letter signed "From your Valentine.

3) Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II's decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on February 14. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14th to honour ST.Valentine.

No matter which of the 3 stories are true ST.Valentines day is Celebrated all over the world on February 14th when tokens and messages of love are exchanged,between lovers and hopeful singles.


Interesting Valentines day facts

Long before St Valentine lived, February 14th had strong links with fertility. The date traditionally is known for when birds choose their mates.

February 15th was the date of the Roman festival of Lupercalia - the Wolf - where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.

Elaborate handmade messages, cards and gifts became popular during the 17th century.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

Approximately 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year.


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