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History of Valentine's Day

Every February 14, all over the world, lovers exchange candy, flowers and gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But how much do you know about this day and its routs? It’s more than a day to celebrate love; it’s a centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

In the present, almost 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged every year, making this day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. But how did it started?

The history of Valentine’s Day is somehow shrouded in mystery. It is known that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this celebration?

A legend tells us that Valentine was a Roman priest. Emperor Claudius II thought that single men made better soldiers and he outlawed marriage for young men. The priest saw the injustice, defied the emperor and continued to perform marriages for young lovers. When his actions were discovered, he was sentenced to death.

Another legend speaks about an imprisoned Valentine, the one that sent the first “valentine” greeting after he fell in love with a young girl who visited him during his time in the prison. Before he died, it is thought to have sent his lover a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that we still use today.

Despite the numerous stories, they all have in common a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure.

Even though it suffered numerous changes through the time, we now celebrate the same all over the world by enjoying a special day with our loved one in order to celebrate our love.