“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. “
– Max Muller
Today, Valentine’s Day, is marked with love and chocolate. How did this day come to be? Although it is not known for certain, I did some research and found out a little on how February the 14th came to pass as a holiday of love and romance.
It is told that there once lived a young saint named Valentine. He was a beloved priest to Emperor Claudius II of Rome during the third century. Claudius began to perform a test on his priests without them knowing, and discovered unmarried martyred served far better than those with a wife and family. Emperor Claudius then declared that his priests were not to be wed.
St. Valentine realized how devastating this was to his fellow priests, and pitied their lonely pain. Valentine began to perform secret weddings between his saints and their sweet hearts. Not long after Valentine’s secret marriages, Emperor Claudius found him out and had him executed.
© Lindsay Amber