When Did Valentine's Day Begin?

Love, love, love...

Last week we celebrated the worldwide day of Love; February 14 better known as Valentine's Day. Since a kid, I remember this being an exceptional day. My mom would buy me Valentine's cards and candy to pass around to my friends at school.
As I got older and started dating, this day offered me chocolates, teddy's, flowers, and balloons. Each from a suitor out to prove their unyielding love for me. It was not until I reached adulthood that I questioned where this day got its origins. I did a little research and here's what I found.

The day actually gets its name from a famous Saint, but of course, several stories are surrounding who he was. The popular belief is that he was a Roman priest alive during the third century A.D. A Roman Emperor by the name of Claudius had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers (crazy right)! Valentine, however, felt that this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

 When Claudius found out, he was so angry that he had Valentine thrown into jail and sentenced to death. But the story doesn't end there. Once in jail Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on February 14 he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine"!

 Certainly, other tales around the days' origin are equally as intriguing as this one, but I found this to be rather impressive, so I went with it. Either way, I'm glad the day came about because love is what Vous Belle is about. We love the beauty in you, and we celebrate it every day!

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