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The History of Saint Valentine's Day

In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno, the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of Women and Marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

            The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was NAME DRAWING. On the eve of the Festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar; they would be partners for the duration of the festival.  Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

            Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine's Day after a priest named Valentine (at the time Christianity was a new religion). The Emperor Claudius II ordered the Roman soldiers NOT to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine defied the Emperor's decree and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death

            His Jailer came to respect Valentine and asked him to tutor his blind daughter so she could lead a more beautiful life...Valentine himself fell in love with his jailer's daughter.

            He signed his final note to her

From Your Valentine.

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