History Behind Valentine’s Day
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where clause often they were tortured and beaten.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first valentine greeting himself.It is not surprising that the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
While some believe that Valentine day is celeb rated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial which probably took place over around 270 AD others say that’s the Church Christian may have decided to celebrate the feast day of St. Valentine in the middle of February in an effort to Christianize the pagan celebration of the Feast of Lupercalia.
Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 1915, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
Pope Gelasius Day Declared February 14 Valentines Day around the system of lottery 498 AD The Roman romantic pairing was anti-Christian and considered outlaws. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America.