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Valentine's Day

February 14 is the day when candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones in the name of St. Valentine, a legendary priest who served during the third century in Rome. Some folks even propose or get married on Valentine's Day.

When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men in order to ensure his supply of soldiers.

A priest named Valentine or Valintinus, it is said, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When word of Valentine's matrimonies leaked out, Claudius ordered that he be put to death on February 14, 269 A.D.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

One legend also suggests that St. Valentine cured his jailer's blind daughter, who then fell in love with him. On the eve of his beheading February 14, he is said to have written her a final letter signed "From your Valentine."

Whatever the truth may be, Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine in 496 A.D. and, gradually, February 14 has became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine the patron saint of lovers.

The Catholic Church reversed its recognition of the saint's day in 1969 when church leaders acknowledged confusion over which martyred priest in ancient Rome was the real St. Valentine.


Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of early Christian saints named Valentine. It was first associated with romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when courtly love flourished.

Sending valentines (gifts or greetings) to your sweetheart became a popular custom sometime in the eary 1600s;

By the 18th century in England, Valentine's Day had evolved into a day when lovers sent greeting cards, candy, and flowers to express their love for each other.

The first commercial cards appeared around 1800 and were usually sent anonymously.  And as early as 1822, an English official reported having to hire extra postal workers on this day.

Since the 19th century, store-bought cards replaced most handwritten valentines.

Valentine symbols today include heart shapes, doves, and Cupid figures.

Galentine's Day, February 13

"Galentine's Day" is 
22nd episode of the comedy TV series Parks and Recreation, airing on NBC in the United States on February 11, 2010.

Written by series co-creator Michael Schur and directed by Ken Kwapis, "Galentine's Day."

"What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, Leslie Knope and her lady friends leave their husbands and their boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas! "

Parks and Recreation: Season Two


The first literary association of Valentine's Day 
with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

The poem was composed in honor of the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia.

Most readers of the poem incorrectly assume that Chaucer is referring to February 14 as Valentine's Day. Mid-February, however, is an unlikely time for birds to be mating in England.

It is more likely that he is referring to May 2, the liturgical calendar's saints' day for Valentine of Genoa,
an early bishop who died around AD 307.

Haunted Valentine's Day
The Scream It is said that true love always finds a way.  Not if a jealous dead wife can help it!

Lily Rose fell in love with the new minister in town. She wanted to get married, but the minister was reluctant because his deceased wife swore she would never let him be with anyone else. Lily Rose did not take this warning seriously, and he agreed to marry on Valentine's Day anyway.

adapted from and continued in Haunted Holidays: Twelve Months of Kentucky Ghosts

Choosing Flowers

Be careful giving flowers. The choice of bouquet on Valentine's Day could convey more than you intend.

Presenting your lover with primroses suggests the opening of one's heart and the dawning of true love, but offer snapdragons and the message is plain: "go away!"

This kind of floral code, known as "florigraphy," was especially popular among the romantics of Victorian England about a hundred years ago. Each flower and tree had a meaning all its own. Presenting sprigs or blooms from a given plant was a shorthand way of saying "it was love at first sight!" (thornless roses) or "I am your slave forever" (wild geraniums).

Read more about how to Say It With Flowers

Love Yourself First

In order to create healthy relationships with others, you must love yourself first, says author Ember Grant in Llewellyn's 2013 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac, offering a Valentine's Day spell for self-love.

"For this spell you will need a mirror and a fragrance that is special to you: a perfume, incense, or essential oil.

"First, pamper yourself today. Treat yourself to a nice meal, a walk in the woods, a massage - whatever brings you joy.

"Look at yourself in the mirror. Speak out loud the things you love about yourself - not just physical characteristics but also personal ones. Inhale the aroma you selected as you look at yourself in the mirror and name your beautiful qualities. Chant:

I see myself, and I see love.
I love myself and take care of
My body, mind, and soul - 
To be happy and be whole. 

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