Who is St. Valentine?
Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 by people all over the world. But, do we really know who St. Valentine is and where Valentine’s Day comes from?
Originally the Pagan fertility festival in Ancient Rome, called Lupercalia, was celebrated on February 15. It wasn’t until the rise of Christianity that Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as Valentine’s Day. According to the Catholic Church, there are actually three different patron Saints for which Valentine’s Day is named. One performed marriages to young couples when marriage was outlawed in Rome; another was killed for helping Christians escape Roman prisons; and the other fell in love while imprisoned. This Valentine, before being put to his death, wrote his love a letter and signed it “from your Valentine.”
Symbolized with Cupid, the Roman God of love, hearts and flowers, Valentine’s Day has become a tradition in many cultures around the world.