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Here's the History of Valentines's Day - Part 1

Posted by Emily Richards on 1/27/2020
Valentines Day is always a great season for Retailers of every kind - Florists, Gift Stores, Pharmacies, Convenience Stores, Hallmarks - the list goes on and on.  But they all have one thing in common. Sales of Valentine Greeting Cards are always great - and if you order from - the sales are always super-profitable. What do you think about when the subject of Valentines Day comes up?  Of course, Valentines Greeting Cards, flowers, candy, jewelry and intimate "tete a tetes" at cozy dining places.

But did you know the history of Valentines Day goes back almost 2000 years. The exact details are a little clouded by the ages, but it appears that there truly was a man named Valentine who was a Bishop in the early Christian Church. Like many Christians of that time, he had been arrested and sentenced to death for refusing to worship the Emperor of Rome, who had declared himself a god. Now he sat in prison awaiting his execution for his "crime".
Legend tell us that while in prison, he fell in love with the beautiful daughter of his jailer, who returned his love. But it was a hopeless affair as she was free and he was a condemned prisoner about to be executed, We're told that he wrote his sweetheart a goodbye letter, reaffirming his love, and signed it, “from your Valentine”. This is exactly the same words that today's lovers will sign their in their cards to each other. When I met my wife, I wrote in my first Valentines Cards to her, "From your valentine", never realizing they were the same words written 2000 years earlier by the condemned saint.

In the Fifth century, the Vatican officially declared that Valentine was a martyr and declared him a Saint in the Church . From that day on, February 14th was to be called “St Valentines Day.”

But there were to be many commercial changes that would make this Saint's Day what it is today.  In Part 2, I'll tell you about Valentines Day developed over 200 years to be the holiday we recognize today.

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