Why do we cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s Day on Fe­bru­ary 14? E

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND -

very year, thou­sands of cou­ples—and some sin­gle peo­ple—across the globe take part in the ul­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tion of love: Valen­tine’s Day. Read on to find out where this ro­man­tic tra­di­tion comes from, and why it takes place on Fe­bru­ary 14. The true ori­gin of Valen­tine’s Day is some­what mys­te­ri­ous, but his­to­ri­ans gen­er­ally agree that the ob­ser­vance owes its name to Saint Valen­tine of Terni, a third-cen­tury Ro­man priest and mar­tyr leg­end has it that un­der the reign of the em­peror at the time, Clai­dine II (or Claudius Goth­icus), soldiers were forced to take a vow of celibacy. The em­peror be­lieved that this would dis­cour­age his men from leav­ing the army’s ranks. Valen­tine of Terni, a true de­fender of love, de­cided to go against this or­der by of­fi­ci­at­ing clan­des­tine wed­dings for the soldiers. As the story goes, his sub­terfuge was eve tu­ally dis­cov­ered and the dar­ing priest was ar­rested and ex­e­cuted for his so-called crimes on Fe­bru­ary 14 it's only around the year 495 that Valen­tine’s Day was made of­fi­cial through a pa­pal edict in­tended to hon­our the pa­tron saint of love.

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