Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. According to one legend, St. Valentine’s Day is meant for people to remember a brave man whose name was Valentine.
The Roman Emperor Claudius II decided to cancel all marriages. Young men were forbidden to marry until they had served as soldiers. Valentine, who was a priest, believed that people needed to get married, so he secretly and illegally married couples anyway. Valentine was arrested and sent to prison until he could be executed.
While he was in prison, he sent out letters to his friends and asked to be prayed for by writing “Remember your Valentine”.
Valentine was killed on the 14th or the 24th of February in the year 269 or 270.
We celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th in honor of St.
Valentine. There are a lot of romantic symbols on Valentine’s Day. For example, many couples give each other roses. Most people send their “valentines” a greeting card. These greeting cards are also called “valentines” after the notes that one St. Valentine wrote from jail.
Some people get engaged on Valentine’s Day. Although Valentine’s Day is generally romantic, many people like to use the day to celebrate any kind of love—including love of friends and family.