History of Valentine’s Day

  • Regardless of where you live, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is welcomed each year on February 14th. Each corner of the world has a unique way they celebrate the holiday, whether it be through gifts of cards, flowers, and chocolates or a dinner out with a loved one or friend. Although this holiday may seem unimportant at times, its history is truly fascinating and one of great intrigue.
  • Many believe Valentine’s Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial. Others speculate that it stems from the Pagan celebration of Lupercalia, which was a holiday on February 15th.
  • One of the oldest Roman stories concerning Valentine’s Day dates back to the reign of Emperor Claudius Ⅱ in ancient Rome, who realized that having single men in his armies proved better than men who were married or had families. He quickly outlawed marriage for all young men to build better soldiers, which did not sit right with the Catholic Saint Valentine. In secret, Saint Valentine would marry young couples, until eventually he was caught and sentenced to death for allowing lovers to marry.
  • Once the rise of Christianity begun, the Valentines’ day celebration was no longer tolerated and banned completely, but its date became associated with love for eternity. Although Valentine’s Day cards were not an official way to commemorate the holiday, words of affirmation and love were still distributed during this day.
  • Throughout centuries, Cupid has been the most well-known historical figure that is associated with love and romance. Not only was Cupid known for playing with the emotions of mortals, but he was also famous for toying with the Gods. His golden arrows could cause any being to fall in love, where his silver arrows caused aversion. Even today, Cupid is most commonly displayed around February 14th to remind people of romance and love.
  • Love is all around us throughout the year, whether it is familial or romantic, we all rejoice in the emotion of love. Although the history of Valentine’s Day is different for many cultures, we all come together to celebrate its true meaning. The STOP Restoration team loves the celebration of love and wants to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Valentine’s Day this year.