History of Valentines Day


Kennedy Walker, Sophomore Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day isn’t the most celebrated holiday but it is a great reminder to love and appreciate the special people in our lives. Lots of people, including me, don’t know where Valentine’s Day originated from and so I wanted to investigate to see how it came to be.

According to Britannica, there is numerous ideas as to why Valentine’s Day originated. During 270 CE, there was a priest. His name was Valentine. He had signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had become friends with and whom he was rumored to have healed from blindness. There was another man, named St. Valentine of Terni. He was a bishop. History has given us reason to believe these two men could have been the same person.

Another theory is St. Valentine was a man who defied an emperor’s orders and secretly married off couples to save the husbands from going to war. This is why some think St. Valentine’s day was made about love. There are many accounts of a St. Valentine but the origin of Valentine’s Day is still not certain. All that we can be certain of is Valentine’s Day is a day to spread and celebrate love.

It’s important to remember Valentine’s Day isn’t all about relationships, it’s also about family and friends. It’s also important to remember to celebrate all bonding relationships. Without love, our world wouldn’t be filled with affection and compassion. Love is something to appreciate.