Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized that the majority of people do not even have a clue as to where it even came from. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s all about greeting cards, flowers, chocolate and selling jewelry, right? Don’t forget the jewelry stores selling diamonds to eager couples to want to marry. Kids exchange valentine’s at school, families exchange gifts as well as lovers. But what is the true meaning behind it? Where did it come from?

There are several saints with the name Valentinus but the holiday is generally attributed to just one. He became a martyr after being executed by Rome. Just before his execution he healed the daughter of his jailer and wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine”. However the holiday itself came to be celebrated in 14 century when the idea of “courtly love” became popular among the aristocracy. Christians celebrated Valentine’s day in recognition of several martyrs named valentine, not just one.

People would exchange handwritten notes until an enterprising young lady in Massachusetts began mass producing paper lace cards to people to exchange on her father’s printing press. In the mid 20th century people began exchanging gifts as well the modern day Valentine’s day came into being and the commercialization was in full swing. So if you didn’t have any idea before where this holiday came from, now you know.