Exploring the Origins and Traditions of Valentine's Day

Origins of Valentine's Day
Origins of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day originates from ancient Roman festival Lupercalia, later Christianized under Pope Gelasius I in 496 to honor Saint Valentine, a martyr.
Who Was Saint Valentine?
Who Was Saint Valentine?
The identity of Saint Valentine is mysterious, possibly representing several martyrs named Valentinus. Commonly, he's portrayed as a priest who defied Emperor Claudius II's marriage bans.
Valentine's Defiant Marriages
Valentine's Defiant Marriages
Legend suggests Saint Valentine secretly performed Christian marriages for soldiers forbidden to wed by the Roman Emperor, an act leading to his martyrdom.
Symbols of Saint Valentine
Symbols of Saint Valentine
Saint Valentine is often depicted with symbols such as a purple amethyst ring, adorned with Cupid, and marriage papers - icons of love and matrimony.
Miracles Attributed
Miracles Attributed
Stories tell of Valentine's miracle healing the blind daughter of his jailer, which contributed to his status as the patron saint of lovers.
Valentine's Basilica
Valentine's Basilica
A Basilica was dedicated to Saint Valentine in Terni, Italy. Every year, an event celebrates his life and the exchange of letters between lovers.
Global Celebrations
Global Celebrations
Valentine's Day has evolved globally, with various countries incorporating their unique traditions, such as Wales' wooden love spoons or China's 'Qixi' festival.
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What was Lupercalia?
Christian festival for love
Roman festival, became Valentine's
Saint Valentine's birthday