Valentine’s Day History

Valentine's DayA woman looks on as an employee hangs a banner advertising for the upcoming Valentine's Day, in a shop window in central Rome, February 11, 2016.REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The history of Valentine’s Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.

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Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honor remains a mystery: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14…………………READ MORE ABOUT  Valentine’s Day History

 

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