Small correction here.. The legend goes that at that time, Emperor Claudius II of Rome had a lot of wars to fight but he found it tough to recruit soldiers. He attributed this to men refusing to leave their wives and families. As such, he cancelled all the engagements and weddings in Rome. A priest named Valentine (St. Valentine), defied the emperor together with another saint (named Marius) by continuing to marry couples. When he was found out, he was brutally beaten and put to death.. However, this is only legend. Very little reliable information is known about St. Valentine except that he was real and he was matyred. He is a saint associated with courtly love.With regards to Christianity, the Catholic Church follows a liturgical calendar, which has certain days dedicated to celebrate mass in memorial/feasts of certain saints lives or notable events that happened in the Bible or that relates to the Faith. The Church celebrates the feast of St. Valentine on Feb 14. It was instated by Pope Gelasius in 496 AD.It doesn't lay claim to creating Valentine's day celebrations as we know it today.
No doubt I don't need hallmark to dictate a certain day, or anything else. I have for years not bought my wife anything for Valentine's day and she agrees. They jack all the prices up for what? To say I love you... not. I tell her everyday before I go off to work... she knows
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At least, or all 365 days.
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