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Valentine's Day 2024: Who is St Valentine?...

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Feb 14 2 minutes read

Valentine's Day 2024: Who is St Valentine? Why is he associated with love?


ByTapatrisha Das | Delhi

Valentine's Day 2024: From delivering letters to lovers in jail to performing Christian weddings, St Valentine reminded people of the love of God.

Courtesy of Industan Times

However, it all started with St Valentine. As we observe the day of love, it is important to know about the man who started it all. 

Who is St Valentine?

St Valentine was a Roman priest who lived during 226 AD to 269 AD. It is often believed that there were three priests among whom the stories have been conflated. However, St Valentine was believed for ministering to the persecuted Christians who were used as a macabre entertainment source by throwing them to the lions in the Colosseum.

Why is he associated with love?

On February 14, St Valentine was decapitated and buried at a Christian cemetery on the Via Flaminia close to the Ponte Milvio to the north of the city. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius I inaugurated February 14 to be observed as a tribute to St Valentine – Feast of St Valentine. Since then, the day is observed.

St Valentine was known for rebelling against Emperor Claudius by performing Christian weddings and handing out parchment hearts as a reminder of the teachings of the love of God. He is also believed to have delivered letters in secret to lovers separated by the system and thrown in jail.

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