Valentine’s Day is for Everyone

If you’re not currently in a romantic relationship you might feel this isn’t a holiday you want or for that matter have any interest in celebrating but you might want to rethink that.

Sure for many, Valentines’ Day is a day to express love to a special someone but it’s a special day regardless of  love relationship status as a day to express love toward family and friends. It’s a holiday to appreciate the people we have in our lives and let them know we care about them.

St. Valentine appreciated love and family and did what he could to help out fellow citizens living in Rome during the third century. Emperor Claudius II ruled at this time and had a big love of war. He wanted men to join his armies and fight in wars but they didn’t want to. They instead wanted to stay home with their families rather than sign up to fight. This made Claudius furious so he decided not to allow people to get married at all.

Since St. Valentine was a priest he spent a fair amount of his time marrying couples and continued to do so even after the law to ban marriage was passed. Many people supported what he was doing however he was eventually caught performing a marriage ceremony, thrown in jail, and sentenced to death.

One of his supporters was the daughter of a prison guard who befriended him and visited him while he was in jail. Before he died St. Valentine sent her a note thanking her for her visits. He signed the note “Love from your Valentine.”

St. Valentine died on February 14, 269 A.D. We celebrate love and friendship on this day. Some people might not know about St. Valentine but even if they don’t this holiday is celebrated by many in order to remember those they love.

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