The History of Valentine's Day

Who was Saint Valentine?

7 February 2019

Valentine’s Day also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is the celebration of love and takes place every February 14th.

Although the tradition is huge in America, us Brits celebrate the day with the same amount of enthusiasm and charm as many other countries across the globe do. By sending gifts, sharing meals, chocolates & flowers, wine (my favourite) and of course sending cards to our valentines.

Fun Fact:

Did you know? Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

So, who is Saint Valentine?

Well, Valentine’s Day is said to date back to the 5th century.

The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was.

The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.

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 14th February, he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".

The oldest known Valentine's Day message in English was written in 1477.