The History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here; and whether you love or loath this holiday, there is definitely no escaping it. As Americans are expected to dole out $17.6 billion on their loved ones this year, we got to wondering…why do we celebrate love on February 14th? According to, the day can be traced back to a number of different origins, one of which being that a Roman Priest by the name of Valentine was martyred after trying to marry young lovers. Another story suggests that Valentine was imprisoned and fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before his death he signed a note, “From your Valentine”, thus the greeting card and infamous line were both born. To read more about the origins of Valentine’s Day, visit

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