Facts about Valentines Day
The real story, facts and history behind February 14
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14 But why exactly do we celebrate Valentine’s Day and why does it fall on February 14?
Valentine’s Day is an old tradition thought to have originated from a Roman Festival known as Lupercalia, according to.
It was held on February 15 as a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture.
During the celebrations boys would draw names of girls from a box and the pair would be partners during the festival.
These matches often led to marriage.
The festival survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed at the end of the 5th century when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St Valentine’s Day
Who was St Valentine?
St Valentine was a priest from Rome who lived in the third century, thought to have died around 270 AD.
At the time, Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages as he thought single men made better soldiers.
Being a romantic chap, St Valentine was arranging and performing marriages in secret so couples could still celebrate their love.
Unfortunately, the Emperor got wind of this and imprisoned Valentine, sentencing him to death for his crime.
One account suggests that, whilst imprisoned, Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and on the day of his execution (February 14th) he sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine.’