Where did Valentines Day originate?

Saint Valentine's day and St. Patrick's day are celebrated worldwide as commercial holidays and few people know what they symbolize beyond candy hearts and imbibing adult beverages. Patrick, a lesser Bishop, allowed himself to be enslaved in a successful strategy to convert all of Hibernia from paganism to Christianity. Valentine, one of a few similar lesser Bishops was martyred for conducting assembly line marriages at midnight to keep believers out of the Roman legions. Both men symbolize self-sacrifice for a greater purpose. Patrick went home. Valentine was tortured and dismembered by Roman Emperor Claudius II. He literally gave his life out of love for... love.


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  • Thank you. This seems to be forgotten by those that talk about it being made up by hallmark.


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