The History of Valentine’s Day

history of valentine's day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for me, I am excited to celebrate the love I share with David, as well as showing my friends and family how much I care. I realize that February the 14th is kind of a love/hate occasion, but I have always loved it! Recently, though, it dawned on me that I have no idea about the history of Valentine’s Day and how it came to be. After a bit of research, I decided to share with you what I have discovered.

Fun Fact: Celebrities Betty White and Amanda Seyfried have both shared in interviews that their favourite way to spend Valentine’s Day is with their dogs! I do not blame them.

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The History of Valentine’s Day

Now, I must admit that researching this topic was quite difficult as there is not a definitive answer as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. However, I was able to find an interesting legend from multiple sources that seemed like it could possibly be based on the truth.


Waaaay, way back, around 270 AD, legend suggests that Roman Emperor Claudius II forbid soldiers to marry, as he believed that married men did not make for good soldiers. This is where Saint Valentine comes in; It is said that Saint Valentine would perform secret weddings for the soldiers because he knew the power of love.

When the Emperor found out what Saint Valentine was doing, he was sent to jail and eventually executed on February 14th, 270 AD.

Supposedly, this is why we chose February 14th to celebrate love, in his honour. In addition, Saint Valentine wore an amethyst purple ring, which is thought to attract love. Amethyst is also the birthstone of February (my birthstone!)

the history of valentine's day

I don’t know whether I believe that legend or not, but it’s certainly an interesting theory!

Have you heard of any other theories on the history of Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below! I would also love to hear your thoughts on Valentine’s Day as a whole.

Thanks for reading, wishing you a beautiful day with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

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