As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, schools across the country will have class parties, and people will go out to dinner and exchange cards and flowers. But you may be wondering about the origins of the holiday.
You may be surprised to know that the origin of Valentine’s Day actually dates back more than 1,700 years. The Roman emperor Claudius II believed that marriage made soldiers weak and declared that they should remain unmarried. St. Valentine was a Christian bishop who believed that soldiers should be allowed to marry, and he performed marriage ceremonies in secret.
St. Valentine was eventually imprisoned and put to death for his crime, but he is still remembered today. Although both his life and death are surrounded by mystery, it is believed that he died on or near Feb. 14, 270 A.D.
The modern celebration of Valentine’s Day and the tradition of exchanging flowers, candy and cards actually began in England in the 18th century. To learn more about this holiday visit Valentine’s Day, abcteach.com/free/r/rc_
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