How much do you know about Valentine’s Day?
It’s a holiday we celebrate every year here in
Where did Valentine’s Day originate?
There are a variety of stories as to exactly who Saint Valentine was and how the holiday began. The early Church celebrated Valentine’s Day as a liturgical event to honor one or more Christian saints named Valentinus. These saints likely weren’t martyrs, but the Church invented martyrdom stories to attach to the individuals.
One account of Saint Valentine of
So from all that, we today become our loved one’s “Valentine,” as in “Will you be my Valentine?” Hopefully none of us are in jail on this Valentine’s Day.
The association of the celebration with romantic love started in the High Middle Ages, when courtly love was all the rage. By the18th century in
The heart symbol of the celebration appeared in
Where is Valentine’s Day celebrated?
A surprising number of countries celebrate the legend of Saint Valentine in one way or the other. In many countries, it’s not an actual holiday like it is in
Countries where you can find the celebration include China, France, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Wales and many others.
If you want to learn more about the celebration, there’s a great Wikipedia Valentine’s Day page that will tell you just about everything there is to know.
Here’s wishing you a happy and jail-free Valentine’s Day 2015.
Nick & Ellie