Brief History of Valentine’s Day

RJ Goodwin

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Valentine’s Day is a holiday that happens every year on February 14th! In many places in the world, people exchange gifts with others such as relatives, friends, lovers, etc. In some schools, students will custom make and decorate boxes either at home or in school, then walk around their classroom giving candy in the boxes labeled who from, and to, for each classmate. 

     Besides all of the romantic things of the holiday, there is also a bit of history behind Valentine’s Day that some learn in school and some don’t. The holiday’s name, St. Valentine’s Day is based on the person who created it, Saint Valentine. Saint Valentine or the “Saint of Romance”, was a Roman priest known as the patron saint of lovers. 

     At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius announced February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. By the end of the 15th century, The romantic word “Valentine”, was put in songs, stories, and poems by artists, to describe their special lovers. In the 19th century, decorated paper and letters were being created by people whether in schools or specifically made from one love to another.

     Valentine’s Day all depends on what you want it to be, it can either be a holiday to share your love and passion with a “Valentine” or have fun at school giving away candy to classmates. You don’t even have to celebrate and just eat chocolate with yourself. The day has meaning for all different people in this world, whether you love the holiday or highly dislike it, whatever comes towards you, enjoy it!