So the 14th February is Valentine’s Day, sorry no prizes for knowing that but do you know why?
Who was Saint Valentine
The history of Valentine’s Day, legend says, originated during the third century in Rome. During this time, Emperor Claudius II (Claudius Gothicus) decided that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage for young men.
A young priest named Valentine was furious with this injustice and defied Claudius by continuing to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Claudius eventually discovered Valentine’s actions and sentenced him to death (not quite the fate of those who fail to buy their significant others flowers on Valentine’s Day, but clearly a lesson to be learned from history!)
Why February 14th... ?
During his time in jail, Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, who visited him in prison. Before he was put to death, Valentine sent a letter to the girl and signed it,
“From Your Valentine” — an expression we still use today. Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD.
Later, around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 a day to honor Valentine, who by that time had become a saint.
Today, we continue to honour St. Valentine and recall the history of Valentine’s Day each year on 14th February by celebrating our love for significant others, friends, and family.
Why do we send flowers?
For thousands of years, the middle of February has been a time for fertility festival and celebrations, where flowers were commonly used to symbolise fertility and rebirth. This is most likely why for centuries flowers have been associated with love, marriage, and romance.
So it is no wonder why flowers have become the Valentine’s Day gift of choice.