Why Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Madison Fell

Valentine's DayValentine’s day is coming up and this means many things for many different people. For some, it means a romantic dinner with the one you love most. For others, it means showing your love to someone through objects and money, and for everyone else, it means more sadness and loneliness than the day before, but where did it all start?

Most people think it’s a holiday created by greeting card companies and fueled by a culture of consumerism, but before everyone got wrapped up in the chocolates and gifts valentines day was about showing your affection to all those you hold dear.

The origin was that of a feast in celebration of 3 martyred priests named “Valentine” it is said that during the 3rd-century war in Rome Emperor Claudius (full name Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) said “single men are better warriors” and banned young men from marriage St. Valentine seeing this as wrong, decided to continue the practice of joining young men and women in holy matrimony. When he was discovered he was promptly executed, but this show of bravery for the sake of love lived on and prevailed through the centuries.

Another source says Valentine may have been a priest helping free fellow Christians from Roman prisons, and the last source explains the origins of asking someone to be your Valentine. It is said an imprisoned priest under the name of “Valentine” writes a final letter to his lover and at the end of this letter signed “from your valentine”. Now whether he was a priest performing illegal marriages, a master escapist, or a prisoner in love. He showed us that Valentine’s Day is about more than just gifts but about fighting for your own love and the love of others.