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Just how and when the tradition for sending Valentine's cards and gifts to loved ones is unclear, all we do know is that the custom stems back for thousands of years. Many people believe that the origin of the custom began with a Roman pr...


Just how and when the tradition for sending Valentine's cards and gifts to loved ones is unclear, all we do know is that the custom stems back for thousands of years.

Many people believe that the origin of the custom began with a Roman priest, St Valentine, who on or close to the 14th February 270CE was martyred. Just why he became know as the patron saint of lovers isn't clear and there have been many different interpretations throughout the centuries.

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One of theories is that the church used the death of St Valentine in an effort to Christianise the old Roman festival of Lupercalia which was always held around the middle part of February. The festival of Lupercalia was linked to fertilityaccent pillow case baby canvas nursery, girl's names were placed into a box and the boy's selected a unknown or anonymous name from the box the two were then coupled or paired together for a year.

Another story or myth involves an early Christian saint called Valentinus. He is believed to have carried out marriage ceremonies for soldiers and the persecuted who were forbidden to marry by the Holy Roam Empire. While in prison he is said to have healed the jailer Asterius' daughter, and in order to remain anonymous he wrote her a message before his execution signed ''from your Valentine'' as a way of saying goodbye to her.

Over the centuries celebrating St Valentine's Day has remained a popular way to send an anonymous card or message to a lover or someone you admire in the hope to gain their affection and love. The trend in sending Valentine's cards and gifts continues to gain in popularity with many various gifts, such as flowers, chocolates, red satin or velvet heart shaped cushions, and tokens of affection are being sent not only to lovers but also spouses, children, close family members and friends; with teachers being the top of the list for receiving the most Valentine's cards.

St Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries across the world, although not always on the 14th February:

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