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Valentine's Day: A tradition that began with the death of a martyr

Valentine's Day love birds
Valentine's Day love birds

Today February 14, is Valentine’s Day, the day when we traditionally show our love with cards, flowers, and candy, but did you know that this day of romance was named for the Christian martyr, Valentine, a temple priest, who was “beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed in secret?”

Love and romance didn’t enter into the spirit of Valentine’s Day until around 1375, when an English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, wrote a poem titled, “Parliament of Foules,” where he tied the connection of “courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day.” From then on, February 14 became known as “the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate."

For all you men out there that believe that Hallmark, or the Florists, invented this day just to sell cards and flowers, you would be mistaken, Valentine's Day is an actual day steeped in a rich historical past.

Which leads to the question, how will you be sharing your Valentine’s Day with your “love bird?”