February is known as the month of love due to Valentine’s Day on 14th February.
This date can set your heart aflutter or bring dread into it, but very few aren’t affected by it.
So how did it start?
Well, much of the story is shrouded in mystery! We know that people have commonly exchanged love messages on 14th February since Roman times, but the ideas of where it originated are vaguer.
There were 3 Saints that it could be attributed to. The Catholic Church recognises three saints that it could possibly be.
“One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realising the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Still, others insist that Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome.*”
The oldest known Valentine’s poem is from 1415 and can still be seen at the British Library in London.
This has now turned into a vast money-making empire where you will struggle to get a restaurant booking, the shops are filled with cards and flowers, and your social media will be filled with romantic gestures!
How to cope if you’re just not feeling it this year:
Make plans with friends
Create a day filled with your favourite activities
Spread love to family and friends with little gifts and messages
Remember, it’s just one day. By the 15th, everything will be back to normal!
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*From an extract from History.com