The horrible history of Valentine's Day...

Valentines day; the day of awkward dates, stressed relationship questions and cheap garage store roses... Or maybe that is just my experience! Ok, ok, it's really just a wonderful day to celebrate love - in all it's forms. But where did Valentine's Day come from? And why was Valentine executed? We've written up a little potted history so you can impress your date in the evening and avoid the "what are you thinking about" question. 

The day gets its name from a famous saint, St Valentine. The popular belief is that St Valentine was a priest in Rome in the 3rd century. After Emperor Claudius II banned marriage as he thought married men were bad soldiers, Valentine disagreed and felt love should be rejoiced so he continued to arrange marriages in secret.

When Claudius was found out, Valentine was sentenced to death. In a perfect poetic story telling, Valentine was thought to have fallen in love with the jailers daughter and when he was taken to be killed on the 14th February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine."

And how did Valentine's Day come about?

The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February - officially the start of their springtime. Later on, the church turned this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine and so Valentine's Day was born. 

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Gifts

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