Yes, you should love your SO every day of the year. No, you shouldn’t feel forced to buy anyone flowers, chocolate or anything else for that matter. However, it is inaccurate to say that Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday… it does have a romantic history. Although even if it didn’t, it’s okay to love V-Day and want to celebrate luuuuurve.
As I briefly mentioned yesterday in my blog post about snails and Cupid, Valentine’s Day has a romantic history. It all started with a kind man who the holiday is named after, St. Valentine.
February 14th is generally a happy love-filled day. In 270 A.D., however, it was the day that St. Valentine was executed. His execution was one of many in Rome under the brutal rule of Claudius. Claudius’s regime was filled with battle so a strong army was essential. To avoid soldiers backing out, he banned marriages so that men wouldn’t form bonds that would distract them.
“Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.”History.com
Valentine was discovered by Claudius and sentenced to death. He spent some time in jail before he was brutally beaten and beheaded. His honorable intentions got him named a saint after his untimely death.
“Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.””History.com
Truth be told, there isn’t sufficient evidence that this story is true. There are a total of three saints named Valentine and all of their stories revolve around February 14th. I can’t help but want to believe this romantic story. It sure sounds better than companies making things up to make a profit!