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Valentine's Day Celebration and How it started?

Valentine's Day, or St Valentine's Day is celebrated every year on 14th February.

It is the day when people show their affection for another person or people sending cards, flowers, or chocolates with messages of love.

The day got its name from a famous Saint, but there are several stories of who he was.

The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.

This is the oldest known Valentine's Day message in English written in 1477.

Emperor Claudius II had those days banned married because he thought married men were bad soldiers.

Valentine felt that this was unfair so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

There he felt fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14th February, he sent her a love letter signed "form Valentine".

Having a particular Valentine's Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival.

The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the of February.

It's thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box for those who had been boyfriends and girlfriends during the festival and sometimes they did get married.

Letter on the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember At Valentine too.

Gradually, St Valentine's name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.

This has been the reason for the celebration Valentine's Day.

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