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Valentine´s Day

We all know that Valentine’s Day is a special day to show our dear ones our love. It is well known that it is celebrated all over the world, but we know the history of this day?

Saint Valentine was a priest, who lived in Rome in the year III

In this same place ruled the Emperor Claudius II, who decided to prohibit the celebration of marriages for young people, because in his opinion singles without family were better soldiers, since they had less ties.

The priest considered that the decree was unfair and challenged the emperor, secretly celebrating marriages (hence it has become popular that Valentine is the patron of lovers). The emperor realized what happened and imprisoned him. An officer wanted to put him to test. He challenged him to return his sight to his daughter Julia. who had been born blind. Valentin accepted and returned his sight.

Valentin remained imprisoned and his execution took place on February 14, 270. Julia, grateful to the saint, planted an almond tree of pink flowers next to his grave. Hence, the almond tree is a symbol of long lasting love and friendship.

Pope Gelasius I appointed on February 14, 494, the first official day of St. Valentine, the holiday was included in the traditional liturgical calendar and was celebrated by the Catholic Church in the following 15 centuries.

But making gifts such as flowers or chocolates on Valentine’s Day is something of the twentieth century. That is why Valentine is considered the patron of lovers.