Valentine's Day 2014

Lexi Guzik

The History

The day of romance, Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

History Continued

Emperor Claudius II thought single men made better soldiers. he outlawed marriage for young men so he outlawed marriages for young men. Claudius eventually discovered that Valentine was performing secret marriages and sentenced him to death. In Valentine’s time in jail he fell in love with his jailer's daughter. Before he was sentenced to death, Valentine sent a letter to the girl and signed it, "From Your Valentine" — an expression we still use today. Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD.

Flowers

The history of (a man) giving someone special (a woman) Valentine's Day flowers comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it.