The origin of Valentine’s Day
There are different theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The only sure thing is that the Italian church has something to do with it. On February 14th, St. Valentine of Italy is remembered.
In the third century, Valentine is said to have secretly performed marriages for young lovers, despite the Catholic religion’s prohibition, which ultimately led to his execution. However, there are several variations of the story, each with different characters and different outcomes.
The trend of written love poems around Valentine’s Day arose much later in modern England. Many lovers were unable to write euphonious lyrics themselves to communicate their feelings. Therefore, they enlisted the help of authors and publishers.
The tradition’s final commercialization is due to the Americans and their mass printing of poetic Valentine’s cards. Since the middle of the 19th century, the lovers’ celebration has been one of the most popular holidays among Americans.