Special days

Valentine Day....
Each year on February 14, people exchange cards, candy or flowers with their special “valentine.” St. Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.
Valentine’s Day – A festival of love and lovers, the beautiful feeling is being celebrated as a feast. The weather is so positive to amour with and the best time to express the affection. If you are having a lovely feel towards another person then this is the best time to express your love as the days are doused in admiration; one week is much enough to express love. Happy Valentines Day is not just a day it is widely popular as a week where people are celebrating an overall Valentine’s to make a stronger foundation of their love.
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentin's
, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Over the centuries, the holiday evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentine's Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine's cards did not become widespread in the United States, however, until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass-producing them. Today, of course, the holiday has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines.

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