Valentines Day and Its Roots

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Valentines Day and Its Roots

Kacy Patterson

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As Valentines day slowly approaches us, have you ever wondered where it exactly started from and its roots? Valentines day is a day that people tend to show their man/woman in their life how much they love them by gibing them flowers, chocolates and cheesy lovey-dovey things. But the name had to come of came from somewhere, so let’s get started. Valentines Day actually got its name from a “famous saint from Rome in the 3rd century AD”, stated from the website BBC. They also stated that “Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.” This is where the word Valentine came from. Coming from the same website BBC, it also states that the first Valentine’s day was in the year 496. This day originated from the Roman festival. “It’s thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they’d get married.” They stated as well. Later on the church eventually wanted to turn it into a Christian holiday and decided to use it as a day to celebrate St. Valentine too. Lastly as his name started to become a way for people to express their feelings to those who they loved. This is where valentine’s day all originated and came from.

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