History of Valentines Day
Ever wonder where this lovely holiday originated from? Well we did too, so we did a little investigating. Turns out, Saint Valentine was once thought out to be a Roman martyr. As time progressed, historians and religious enthusiasts came to the conclusion that Saint Valentine as described in biblical times was actually a group of Roman martyrs.
Valentine was a very popular name in this time period. Apparently there were three Valentines that make up the Saint we know today. Valentine of Rome, Valentine of Terni, and another Valentine the Catholic Encyclopedia mentions who was martyred in Africa around the same time.
In 1969 the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints was revised to not include Saint Valentine anymore. This is because nothing is known about Saint Valentine except he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14th.
There were no romantic or love based theories that surrounded these Saints. However in 1797, a publication was issued The Young Man’s Valentine Writer which eventually sparked the anonymous sending of Valentines, or personalized notes. These paper hand made Valentines became so popular in the 19th century they eventually became automatically assembled in factories. Fancy Valentines with lace and ribbon became the new trend, and is still an extremely popular practice for the creatively inclined. However, for those of us who aren’t so artsy, mass produced greeting cards have become all the rage. In fact, to some, Valentine’s Day is known as a “Hallmark Holiday.” The 20th century proved fruitful for Valentine’s Day, making roses and heart shaped candies a staple. In the 1980’s the diamond industry decided to capitalize on this holiday advertising it was the perfect time to give women jewelry.