When you think of Valentine’s Day, you might think of candy, flowers, and notes written by hand. Whether you spend the holiday with friends, family, or a romantic partner, it is a special time to show how much you love, care, and appreciate someone.
How did Valentine’s Day start, though?
Well, roses are red and violets are blue, and USA TODAY would like to tell you more about Valentine’s Day. So, here is the date of Valentine’s Day in 2023, its history, and why we celebrate it.
When is the day of love?
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, is Valentine’s Day.
How did the day of love start?
How we celebrate Valentine’s Day now, with love, candy, and flowers, is very different from how it started.
History.com says that Valentine’s Day has its roots in Christianity. In fact, there has been more than one St. Valentine’s in history, and no one knows for sure whom the holiday is named after.
One Valentine was a priest in Rome in the third century. When Emperor Claudius II banned marriage for young men, Valentine stood up to him. Valentine would marry young people who were in love behind their parents’ backs. This led to Valentine’s death in the end.
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Many people think that St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop who was killed by Emperor Claudius, is the real name of the holiday.
There are many other stories about St. Valentine. One says that he sent the first “valentine” card after falling in love with a young girl who often visited him while he was in jail. Valentine supposedly wrote her a letter before he died that said, “From your Valentine.”
Even though the real story of Valentine’s Day isn’t clear, most people think of Saint Valentine as a brave, kind, and romantic person. ALSO, READ – FANS WERE OVERCOME WITH EMOTION AFTER THE TRAILER FOR SEASON 3 OF ‘STAR TREK: PICARD’ WAS RELEASED.
What’s the point of Valentine’s Day?
Even though February 14 has sad and not very romantic roots, it is now known as a day for love. In the Middle Ages, people thought that this date marked the beginning of the time of year when birds would start to mate. Also, the pagan holiday Lupercalia took place on February 15, and the Church wanted to “Christianize” the holiday. This is how St. Valentine came to be. Lupercalia was a Roman fertility festival that honored both Faunus, the god of agriculture and Romulus and Remus, the brothers who founded Rome.
During the festival, priests would sacrifice certain animals to make them fertile and clean, and then they would use rituals to put the blood of the sacrificed animals on women. People thought that those who got the blood would have more children the next year. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the first poem about Valentine’s Day in 1375. This was delivered on Saint Valentine’s Day, when “every foul comes there to pick his make,” according to the message’s subject line, “Parliament of Foules. READ MORE-‘AGT: ALL STARS’: AFTER A STUNNING OG SONG PERFORMANCE, MANY BELIEVE MANDY HARVEY IS ALREADY A WINNER.
By the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers to give each other small gifts or cards on Valentine’s Day. As printing technology got better, printed cards became the most common way to show someone you care by the year 1900. And the well-known and always-popular Hallmark card was made for the first time when Hallmark founder J.C. Hall sold Valentine’s Day postcards in 1910. In 1912, the company started making greeting cards, which didn’t show up in stores until 1916.
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