St. Valentine refers to one or more Christian martyrs who were named Valentine. The most commonly cited story is that of a priest named Valentine during the Roman Empire’s rule under Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century AD. The emperor had banned marriages for young men, believing that single men made better soldiers. However, Valentine continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret. When his actions were discovered, he was arrested and eventually executed on February 14, around the year 269 AD.
The association of St. Valentine with romantic love and the celebration of love on February 14th can be traced back to the High Middle Ages. Over time, the day became associated with expressing affection through the exchange of love notes, known as valentines, and later expanded to include the exchange of gifts such as flowers and chocolates.
While the historical origins of Valentine’s Day are somewhat murky, the day has evolved into a celebration of love and affection. Today, people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by expressing their love for one another through various gestures, gifts, and acts of kindness.