Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Mia Martinov and Paula Serrano

Most people know Valentine’s Day as the day you get chocolates or sweets from your significant other. In fact, the definition for Valentine’s Day is a day when it is traditional to send a card to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to. But why is this holiday important? We still go to school and we still have work, but no one knows the real history around Valentine’s Day. Well, the Ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia on February 15th. Due to Christianity, the holiday was moved to February 14th, the Saint day that celebrates several early Christians named Valentine. The festival Lupercalia was the official start of springtime. At the festival, a boy would draw a name of a girl from a box. The boy and girl would be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and most would get married after the festival. The church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration, and decided  to use it to remember St.Valentine. According to the BBC, ¨St.Valentine started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved” (www.bbc.co.un). The Ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern love.¨ Emperor Claudius II expected two men on February 14th of different years in the 3rd century A.D. When interviewing people we asked four questions to see how their Valentine’s Day went . David Martinez , Leanne Larriva, Emily Robledo, and Alexandra Santamaria all had intersting remarks. Most of them said that Valentine’s Day is the day of love, but they didn’t know the history that came behind Valentine’s Day. So before you spend your Valentine’s eating chocolate learn about the history behind this special holiday.