Injustice, Martyrdom, and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day’s origin is shrouded with mystery and myth, but some believe that the primary origin dates back to a man named Valentine in the 3rd century. He was martyred for his opposition to injustices imposed by Roman Emperor Claudius II. Also, there was the Christian reclamation of a pagan holiday named Lupercalia celebrating a fertility goddess named Faunus on February 15th.

Combine these two tidbits of history with some clever marketing by jewelers, Hallmark, and chocolatiers and you’ve got yourself a holiday! Like we need a reason to buy chocolates, lobster, and diamonds.


You can read more on History.com or Catholic.org.


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