Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day

Sunday, Feb 14 2010 by kjfitz
Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.


Earliest Roots

The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.

Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom about AD 269. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.

Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni.

Basilica di San Valentino

Happy Valentine's Day from VGT!!