Saint Valentine of Rome


I’m looking forward to celebrating two weddings on Saint Valentine’s Day next week and thought it might be interesting to know the history of the day. Saint Valentine’s Day is observed on February 14th each year in many countries around the world. A popular story (thanks to Wikipedia) about Saint Valentine of Rome was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to the legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution he wrote her a farewell letter signed “Your Valentine”. The day was first associated with romantic love in the middle ages. By 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, sweets, and greeting cards, known as “valentines”. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”. Valentine’s Day greeting cards have now replaced handwritten valentines.