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Every year, we celebrate Valentine’s day by giving cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts to the people we love. However, the question still stands, why do we do it? There’s more to it than just one story and a lot of the history is based on legends, but we still think it’s nice to have a whole day dedicated to romance. Discover where it all started below.
St Valentine was a Roman priest in the 14th-century during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius believed that single men made better soldiers than married men, so he decided to ban marriage. St Valentine disagreed with this so he chose to break the rules and arrange marriages for couples in secret. When Claudius found out, he put St Valentine in jail and sentenced him to death. During his imprisonment, he fell in love with the daughter of the jailer as she came to visit him daily. On February 14th, when he was taken to be killed, he sent a love letter to the daughter signed ‘from your valentine’.
An annual pagan celebration called Lupercalia took place each February in the hopes of increasing fertility. Around 200 years after St Valentines Death, the church dedicated the festival to him and 14th February was proclaimed St Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is used to remember St Valentine and celebrate romantic love by showing appreciation for your significant other. It’s also the perfect opportunity for singles to come clean about their feelings for others. If you’re planning a date, don’t forget to check out our guide to planning the perfect date night to make sure it all goes smoothly!
Choosing a valentines gift can be a difficult task when you don’t want to go down the traditional route. For inspiration, we’ve put together a gift guide for her and a gift guide for him to help you out. There are gifts to suit every person and every pocket!
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? Let us know over on Twitter: @Mankindcouk
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