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Why is valentine's day celebrated
Transcript of Why is valentine's day celebrated
What year did it start?
Valentine's is traced back to ancient Rome's celebration of Lupercalia which is held on February 15. Lupercalia honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
How it started?
The Beginning of Valentine's Day
While the meeting of couples sets the mood for the day it was not called valentine's until a priest valentine came around.
Valentine a romantic didn't listen to Emporor Claudius II's order that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius said this order believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged.
Valentine ignored the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his resistance, Valentine was killed on February 14. After Valentine's death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from February 15 to February 14 and renamed it St. Valentine's Day to honor Valentine.
I was surprised that someone decided to disobey an emperor.