History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday for couples, but many people don’t know much about it. However, this holiday is about more than just buying someone a card. If you would like to learn a bit about the history of Valentine’s Day, check out these three frequently asked questions.

Where Did Valentine’s Day Begin?

There is no definite origin story regarding Valentine’s Day, and there are many legends surrounding it. However, it is believed to have its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was a fertility celebration. Around 496, Pope Gelasius changed the pagan festival into St. Valentine’s Day, which would be a Christian feast day.

Unfortunately, no one is 100-percent sure which St. Valentine this holiday celebrates. However, most scholars believe the day celebrates a priest who fought against the emperor Claudius II. Again, however, no one is completely sure how he fought the emperor. It may have been that he secretly married young couples, when young men were not allowed to get married.

When Did It Become a Day of Love?

Originally, Valentine’s Day had nothing to do with romance. It was a religious celebration day. However, in the 14th century, Chaucer linked the day with romance in a poem. The poem was to celebrate the engagement of Richard II and Ann of Bohemia. In Chaucer’s time, it was tradition to associate an engagement with a feast day. He chose St. Valentine’s Day, forever linking it with romance and love.

How Can You Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Today, most people don’t consider Valentine’s Day a religious holiday, and people don’t hold feasts. Couples may have a romantic dinner to celebrate. Typically, the holiday is celebrated by exchanging gifts, flowers, candy and cards.

The tradition of giving out cards started in 1850. Your neighborhood can celebrate this fun holiday in many ways. One way is to hold a feast and discuss the various rumors around the history of Valentine’s Day. Another option is get everyone together to exchange cards and enjoy candy.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be about spending money on cards and candy. Your HOA can celebrate in many ways, and it’s a great way to give everyone a chance to get to know each other and have fun.

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