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       Valentine’s Day

      By Arlene Rodman                                                                                     Chaucer associated the day with a feast day.
                                                                                                              Over the centuries the holiday evolved, and by the 19th
         Have you ever wondered                                                                            century, gift giving and exchanging of Valentine’s cards had
      why we celebrate Valentine’s                                                                         become common in England. The tradition of sending the
      Day and send greeting cards to                                                                       cards had not become widespread in the United States until
      people? How did this holiday                                                                         1850, when Esther A. Howland, a Mt. Holyoke graduate and
      of love and romance originate?                                                                       a native of Worchester, Mass.; began mass producing them.
      And more importantly, how                                                                            Today, 25% of all cards sent in the United States each year
      did  St.  Valentine  become                                                                          are Valentines, a huge commercial success, according to the
      involved? The answers to the                                                                         Greeting Card Association of America.
      questions are not easy. The                                                                             Each year before February 14 we peruse the store shelves
      history of St. Valentine’s Day                                                                       for a special card for a loved one. More than 163 million cards
      is obscured and more clouded by various fanciful legends.   eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death on   are exchanged in the United States yearly. And it’s not only
         The holiday’s roots are in the ancient festival of Lupercalia,   February 14, 273.                an American phenomenon. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in
      a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February      Another legend States that St. Augustine, imprisoned by   Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia,
      14. Pope Galasius recast this pagan festival as Christian feast   Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of the jailor. Before   Italy and Denmark.
      day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.  he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from      Regardless of how this started a long time ago, Valentine’s
         Which St. Valentine this early Pope intended to honor   your Valentine.” It wasn’t until the 14th century that this   Day is a wonderful opportunity to let special people in
      remains a mystery. According to the Catholic encyclopedia,   Christian feast day became definitely associated with love.  your life know how much you love them. Did you send a
      there were 3 Christian saints by the name. One was a priest      According to UCLA medieval scholar Henry Angar   Valentine’s Day card to someone this month?
      in Rome, another a Bishop in Terni. And of a third virtually   Kelly, author of Chaucer and the Cult of St. Valentine, it was      HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
      nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather   Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.
      astonishingly all three St. Valentines were said to be martyred   He composed a poem in honor of the engagement of England’s      Arlene Rodman is a freelance writer in Boca Raton. Email:
      on February 14.                                    king Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. As was the tradition, 
         Most scholars believe that St. Valentine of the holiday
      was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman Emperor
      Claudius II around 270. According to one legend, Claudius                                       u Gold u Fine Artwork u Silver u Antiques
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