The History of Valentine’s Day

ETHAN BOGGS

Valentine’s Day is a day many people celebrate their love and affection for one another. Despite how common the event is, many do not know how the event originated, or even simply who Saint Valentine was.

It all started with Saint Valentine… All eleven of them. Believe it or not, the exact history of the event is rather uncertain, as the name was rather common during the Early Middle Ages. However, the start is most often attributed to two Valentines; St. Valentine of Rome, and St. Valentine of Terni. The date February 14th comes from the fact that they were both executed for their religious beliefs on that date. It wasn’t until the 14th century that the commemoration started being associated with love due to the uprising of courtly love, and was widely spread by the 18th century across England, when exchanging gifts such as sweets and cards was associated with the day.

Today, countless countries celebrate Valentine’s Day, with gift bills rising every year and cards exchanged in the hundreds of millions. Regardless of how you spend it, it can be a great way to celebrate and spread love in our community. Have a good Valentine’s Day, Spartans!

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