Daily Archive for February 14th, 2016

Valentine’s Day

Valentines, valentines
Red, white and blue
I’ll make a nice one
And send it to you.

Although no one knows for sure the exact origin of Valentine’s Day it is believed that it started in the Roman Empire around 270 AD when Claudius II was the emperor. During times of war Claudius did not want men to get married because he believed it made them weak and so they will not be good soldiers.  It is said that Bishop Valentine performed secret wedding ceremonies so men could marry their sweethearts. Bishop Valentine got in big trouble for performing these marriage ceremonies and was sent to jail. While in jail Bishop Valentine wrote a letter to the jailer’s daughter and signed it from your Valentine. Bishop Valentine was put to death for his crime on February 14th.

Why is the colour red the symbol of Valentine’s Day? Red is the colour of blood.  It was once believed that the heart is that part of the body that the feeling of love comes from. King Henry VII of England declared St. Valentine’s Day a holiday in 1537.