The most romantic holiday has a very captivating history


Izzy Rios

Valentine’s Day history and traditions have been around for centuries. Everything from Valentine’s candy to Valentine’s décor has made this holiday all the more special.

Laura Ford, Media

Valentine’s Day holds a special place in many people’s hearts. It’s the perfect day to celebrate love, romance and kind gestures. Whether one chooses to celebrate with friends, family or that special someone, Valentine’s Day is the time to be pampered.  

Many may wonder where the special holiday, celebrated on Feb. 14. originated from. In fact, Valentine’s celebrations have been recorded as far back as the Roman Empire times, and it’s all thanks to one man, St. Valentine. One legend surrounding the holiday of love suggests that St. Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. The emperor at the time, Emperor Claudius II, believed single men made better soldiers for his army, and he promptly outlawed marriage for young men. St. Valentine, feeling the outlaw of marriage unjust, defied the emperor and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When his actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death on the fateful Feb. 14. 

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize St. Valentine’s appeal as a compassionate, heroic and romantic figure. 

Writing Valentine’s Day cards is one of the most popular gestures one can do on the holiday. By the middle of the 18th century, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. 

“I love giving valentines cards to my family,” said senior Jordan Giulia. “It’s nice to also give a little gift as a surprise.” Sending a special person in one’s life a letter expressing gratitude for them can lift anyone’s spirits.  

In addition to cards, spending quality time is another way to say, “I love you.” 

 “Valentine’s Day is a holiday I really enjoy,” said junior Ava Shoplock. “Spending it with friends is just as great as spending it with a significant other. I think it truly is a day to show loved ones how much you care about them.”  

St. Valentine’s bold actions in the name of love shows that human nature is too be kind and compassionate. As far back as Valentine’s history goes, Feb. 14. looks like it will remain the most popular day for love.