Origins of St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day is a merger of the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, the fertility holiday on February 15, and the feast day of St. Valentine, who was martyred on February 14, 269 CE. Lupercalia celebrated matching couples by having young men draw the names of young women from a box. This may signify the tradition of sending valentines cards.

      February 14th 269 CE
      St. Valentine
      Rome, Italy

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