Trivia about Valentine’s Day 2008
According to church tradition, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 AD. At the time the Roman Emperor Claudius II issued an edict forbidding marriage. When Claudius II became the emperor, he thought that he can make good soldiers. So, to assure good soldiers, he banned marriage.
St. Valentine saw the trauma of young lovers, so he met them in a secret place and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned this and arrested Valentine and executed him on February 24, 270.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated every February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentines cards, flowers, chocolates, etc.
Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of .the winged Cupid.