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A Brief History of Valentine's Day

A brief look into some of the key icons of February 14th.

Chris Abdo

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of A Brief History of Valentine's Day

...or so they say. N Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day Candy Gifts Cards Is it... Has
Valentine's Day
always been for couples and love? Who was
Saint Valentine? But what is the history of this
holiday denoted by love? Where did Cupid come from? Mystery surrounds the exact
origins of Valentine's Day. However, there are numerous legends and historical events that create an interesting background for February 14th. For example, Valentine's Day can be traced back to the Ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia It is purported that during this yearly celebration,
men and women were paired off
to participate in games together and exchange gifts As such, it would seem that February 14th
has had a connection with couples and love for quite some time now... However, this day wasn't referred to as Valentine's Day until the actions of one priest... ...or three priests. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different martyred saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One legend reveals a quite touching story... During the 3rd Century in Rome, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage in hopes of molding better soldiers... Defying this injustice, Valentine continued to marry young lovers in secret... Until he was discovered and put to death on February 14th. Another legend also portrays Valentine as quite the romantic as well. After being imprisoned for helping jailed Christians,
Valentine fell for a young girl... As such, he regularly sent her letters . Before his death, he allegedly signed his last letter, "From your Valentine." Despite the multiple legends and rumors, by the Middle Ages, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France. But what does Cupid have to do with it all? Cupid plays a part of Valentine's Day's Roman background However, Cupid himself fell in love.... He married the mortal maiden
named Psyche, Venus, jealous of Psyche's beauty,
forbade her from looking at Cupid. Psyche couldn't resist and as punishment,
Venus demanded that she accomplish three tasks,
the last of which caused Psyche's death. Cupid brought Psyche back to life and the gods,
moved by their love,
granted Pysche immortality. Cupid thus represents the heart and
Psyche, the struggles of the human soul. And that's a brief history of Valentine's Day. What signifies this holiday? According to Roman mythology,
Cupid was the son of Venus,
the goddess of love and beauty. As many know, Cupid is commonly associated
with people falling in love due to his shooting them with magical arrows. It's LOVE
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