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SEASONAL- February 23rd

Seasonal: Ellie Jourolmon and Elizabeth Vaughn

Valentine’s Day was Wednesday, February 14th. Valentine's Day is now recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. Many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.”

The history of Valentine’s Day is a mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day contains both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine. One legend said that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than husbands, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing that it was unfair, ignored him and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Other stories said that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape Roman prisons. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a girl who visited him. Before his death, it is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still used today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is unknown, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and romantic figure.