By: Diana Avila Gutierrez February 12th, 2021
Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on the 14th of February. Valentine’s Day is known as a day to celebrate love and friendship. On this day people give gifts to those they care about and love. We have all seen, or maybe even given, flowers and chocolates to those we love.
Valentine’s Day origins come from both Christian and Ancient Rome. One story of who the real Valentine was comes from a Roman Priest who lived while Claudius II was ruler, Claudius took away men to fight for his army and banned marriage. The priest married couples in secret defying the emperor. Claudius II sentenced the priest to death for his actions. The couples he would marry came to visit him in his cell giving him gifts such as flowers and cards. The priest fell in love with the jailors daughter and wrote her a love letter. The letter had the famous words, “from your Valentine.” Valentine wasn’t just one person there are many stories of different Valentines.
- At the end of the 5th century Valentine’s Day became a holiday
- Cupid has roots of Eros, a god in Greek mythology
- Americans spend 20 billion on Valentine’s Day
- About 6 million couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about couples, it’s about friendship as well. Eat chocolates, give hugs, and enjoy Valentine’s Day!