What does Valentine's Day really mean?

Valentine's Day always falls on February 14th, but do you know why, and why it's even called that?

Each year on February 14th we celebrate Valentine's Day. The true meaning of the day actually dates back to the year 269 AD, and it doesn't have anything to do with flowers or candy. But it has everything to do with someone who literally stuck his neck out to perform the sacrament of marriage.

"He married soldiers who were going into battle, he let them marry their wives and at the time marriage was discouraged because soldiers wanted to be ready for battle, and so that's the consistent story about how Valentine's would be associated with love. He was a martyr and so he's known to be beheaded on February 14th,” says Lauren Beranek, McAuley Catholic Religion teacher.

The theory was soldiers who had wives wouldn't fight as hard as those who didn't. Not to mention that practicing Christianity at the time was against the law. Valentine was also thought to have been beaten and then stoned before he was killed.

So we'll probably never see an authentic Valentine's Day card written by Hallmark?

"Probably not, no one wants to have a picture of a beheaded saint,” says Lauren Beranek.

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