History of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine Day’s Decorations (Photo by/ Joetta Nuahn)

By: Joetta Nuahn

All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on Feb. 14, a day when it’s traditional to send a card, often anonymously to a person one is romantically involved with.  This romantic holiday dates back to the fifth century.

The day of romance was named after a Christian martyr. One legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome, when Roman emperor Claudius II decided single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, therefore he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine thought Claudius II was unjust and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine was found out, Claudius ordered his death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. While imprisoned, Valentine sent out the first “Valentine” after having fallen in love with a young girl. He wrote her letters signed “From your Valentine.”

The truth behind Valentine’s legend is fuzzy. Despite whether the legends are true or not, Valentine’s Day is still widely celebrated among young and old.

On average, 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card occasion.

It’s possible for everyone to find love. There are, on average, 119 single men who are in their 20s for every 100 single women in their 20s.  Also, there are 34 single men aged 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same age according to http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

Some believe Valentine’s Day is limited to certain people. “Valentine’s Day means a lot of people are sad because Valentine’s Day is mainly for couples and there are a lot of people who are still single,” said junior Kristina Sreng.

However, others would disagree with Sreng. Valentine’s Day isn’t only limited to those in a relationship. “I think it means giving your love ones thoughtful gifts,” said sophomore Kelina Kun. Valentine’s Day is a day to be shared.

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