Have you ever wondered why Valentine's Day even exists? In our new blog, we dive into the history together and discover how this day of love has become a symbol for millions of couples around the world.
While there is only speculation about who the real St. Valentine is, there are three possible candidates - and they were all martyrs. Two of them were beheaded by the Roman Emperor Claudius II, one for secretly performing marriages that were forbidden, and the other for helping Christians escape from a Roman prison where they were beaten and tortured. Another was imprisoned and fell in love with the daughter of a jailer and sent her a letter signed "From your Valentine". Whoever this unfortunate saint was, all the stories paint the same Valentine picture: a heroic and romantic figure. St. Valentine's Day was proclaimed on February 14 by Pope Gelasius in the late 5th century, probably as the Catholic Church's response to a pagan fertility feast called Lupercalia, which was celebrated around that time. In the Middle Ages, the idea that Valentine's Day was associated with love was born due to the idea that the mating season of birds began in mid-February. It was during this period that Valentine's Day greetings became popular, although they would have to be delivered on horseback or on foot rather than sent by pigeons, as these birds were busy enough.
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