Origins of Valentine’s Day

Angelique Kokal, Reporter

Valentine’s Day is a well known holiday celebrated in many countries, most known for being a romantic couple’s day or being a dreaded crisis for singles . Valentine’s Day has changed and evolved into a festivity celebrating love and romantic relationships, usually involving gift giving of chocolates and roses. However, Valentine’s Day didn’t start as a day of love and gift giving.

Valentine’s Day aka St. Valentine’s Day or Feast of Saint Valentine originally started out as a liturgical celebration of one or more early christian saints named Valentinus. Numerous stories were created for the the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, later being added to a list of martyrs.

This day was first associated with love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when courtly love was flourishing. During 18th century England, Valentine’s Day transformed into an occasion where lovers expressed their love for one another by presenting flowers, giving confections, and sending cards (known as “Valentines”). Throughout Europe, St. Valentine’s Keys are handed out to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the givers heart. Many Valentine’s Day symbols that are currently being used are heart-shaped outlines, cupids, and doves.

Valentine’s Day is currently celebrated by people worldwide, no matter if they are in a relationship or not. Valentine’s Day is a time of expressing love for others and for yourself.

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