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