The History of Valentines Day and How it is Celebrated


Mya Travis

Safeway Valentines Display 1/26/22

Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday. Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Emperor Claudius II executed two men both named Valentine on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. The first Valentine’s Day was in the year 496.

“The history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine’s is really interesting, and I think it’s worth learning about. He married couples who wanted to get married and even got thrown in jail for it for going against Rome,” sophomore Kara Krulick said.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 as couples across the globe honor their spouses, partners and sweethearts. Hundreds of years of traditions and customs have made it into the holiday that we observe today.

There are many ways to celebrate this holiday. Although different, maybe from it’s original way of celebration. The sentiment has always stayed true: Love. So now today we all have fun ways to celebrate our love whether platonic or romantic.

“I will get my boyfriend something nice but we don’t make the day all about valentines,” senior Macy Webb said. While others take a different approach to the day. “To me, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to remind those you love how much you care about them,” sophomore Kara Krulick said.

Stores such as Safeway and Target have already begun to bring out their valentine displays. Gifts including balloons, chocolate and giant teddy bears. These are the main gifts available at grocery stores pretty much everywhere.

These holidays are celebrated differently depending on age, religion and relationship status. But it’s always been based around love. Whether that love is platonic or romantic.

Celebrations range from parties to dinners and in the past festivals. Lupercalia was the name of the Roman fertility celebration. This was celebrated around the time of now Valentine’s Day. A big part of the festival was that woman’s names would be drawn by a young man and they would be coupled for the rest of the year. This led to many marriages.

Throughout many religions and cultures we can see Valentine’s Day traditions. They all circle back to Love.