Saint Valentine's Day
Observed on February 14th, Saint Valentine's Day, often mistakenly abbreviated under pressure by atheists as Valentine's Day, is a holiday characterized by showing one's love for someone. The holiday has become increasingly commercialized in recent years, which is somewhat ironic given its origin:
- Roman Emperor Claudius II defended the Empire against invading Goths in the 3rd century. He forbade marriage for his troops because he thought that single men were tougher soldiers.
- Valentine was a Christian bishop in Italy who secretly married young couples. When caught, he was sentenced to be beaten to death with clubs and beheaded on February 14, A.D. 269
- But as he awaited his execution, this Christian prayed for the jailer's sick daughter and wrote her a note. He signed it "from your Valentine." She miraculously recovered and, in A.D. 469, Pope Gelasius designated February 14th as "Saint Valentine's Day."