History of Valentine's Day

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Every year, on February 14, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Candy, cards, roses, and teddy bears are given out all for a guy names St. Valentine. Who was the saint and why do we care and spend so much time and money on this day? The history of Valentine’s Day is kind of a mystery. The Catholic Church has at least three saints named Saint Valentine, but all were martyred. One legend states that a priest Valentine in the third century in Rome married young soldiers in secret. He preformed these weddings because the ruler at the time did not want married soldiers because single soldiers made better soldiers. The priest was killed for his actions. Another legend states that Valentine may have been killed helping Christians escape Roman prisons. The last legend states that while in prison, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” himself. He fell in love with a girl, believed to be the jailer’s daughter who visited him often. Before he died, he allegedly wrote the letter and signed it ‘from your valentine’, a phrase still used today. Saint Valentine became popular in England and France. In the seventeenth century, Valentine's Day in Europe. By the eighteenth century people were exchanging small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines. Today, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year after Christmas. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. When you grumble on this day, just think that Valentine had scarified his life doing a good deed for
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