What are the origins of Valentine’s Day?

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There is some debate as to the origin of Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated every year on 14th February. The Roman Emperor Claudius at that time had abolished weddings as he thought married men made bad soldiers, more concerned with home life and their families than the army and their duties as soldiers. Valentine realising the injustice of this secretly took it upon himself to carry out weddings for young lovers. This enraged the Emperor who ordered Valentine’s death.

Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. However during his time in captivity he befriended and then fell in love with the jailer’s blind daughter, who visited him during his confinement. On the morning of his death legend has it that Valentine gave the girl a love letter, which he simply signed “From your Valentine”.

Red Roses & Valentine’s Day

It is said that Aphrodite (the Greek Goddess of Love) scratched herself on the thorns of a white rose as she rushed to comfort her lover, Adonis, who had been wounded whilst hunting. Her immortal blood is meant to have stained the blooms of the rose red for evermore. Over time Aphrodite evolved into the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

Cupid is the Roman God of Love, whilst in Greek mythology; Eros is his counterpart, some suggesting he was the son of Aphrodite, his name being an anagram of Rose.

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