By Lizzy Adie.
Each year February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy gifts or flowers with their special valentine. The day of romance we can valentine’s day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origin in the Roman holiday lupercalia.
Saint Valentine day, also known as valentine’s day or the feast of Saint Valentine is a holiday observed on February 14th each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine’s day began as a liturgical celebration by one or more early Christian saint named valentinus. Several Martyrdom stories were invented for the various valentines that belonged to February 14, added to later martyrologies. A popular history account of Saint Valentine of Rome State that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishments to this story States that before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed ” your valentine ” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran church. The Eastern orthodox church also celebrate saint Valentine’s day.
It has now evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as Valentines.