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(February 07, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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Valentines Day, like any other ancient holiday, is based on an equal amount of fact and fiction. The myths are what make the holiday so romantic and the facts give the myths a bit of a backbone. The most popular story is such a mix of tales and legends that it makes it hard to pull out which pieces are really true. But, who really cares what is true? It's all about love anyway, right?

The Pagan Festival

Thousands of years ago, Rome had a festival in the middle of February. This festival was dedicated to the pagan god Lupercus. As it was a festival for male fertility and Women's Rights were not yet fully enacted, most women find the festival rather distasteful today.

Young men who were coming of age would pick the name of a young woman randomly from a box. The girl who was chosen would be that young man's, uh, date for the rest of the year. Because the early Catholic Church was not a huge fan of this style of drawing, they insisted the names of saints be drawn by the young men instead of girls. They boys would then try to emulate their saint for the rest of the year. I'm sure the young ladies were pleased with the switch, even if the boys weren't.

The Church Makes a Switch

In the 5th Century AD, the church was doing away with pagan holidays and gods. They wanted to find a suitable saint for the celebration. They finally landed on St. Valentine. St. Valentine was martyred for his faith by Emperor Claudius on February 14 centuries before.

According to legend (and not necessarily fact) Claudius felt like married men made bad soldiers. He forbade men to marry in his kingdom so that his army would be better. Valentine, an early Christian, took pity on the men and married them to their loves in secret. When Claudius found out, he was not pleased with Valentine.

Valentine in Prison

Claudius had Valentine thrown into prison for breaking the law and refusing to become pagan. While in prison, Valentine (again, according to legend) fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer. Through his love and his faith, the daughter had her vision restored.

Eventually, Claudius got tired of trying to convert Valentine, and Valentine had no luck converting Claudius to Christianity. Claudius had Valentine stoned and beheaded. The last thing Valentine did before his death was send his love a note signed, "From Your Valentine." The saying has lived on.

The Lovey Dovey Part

Even without the drawing for female company, young men in Rome continued to use the festival as a time to seek the affection of young ladies. They often sent cards around the 14th signed with Valentine's name. Cupid, the Roman god of love and son of Venus, began to be associated with the day as well.

The first real Valentine we know of was sent in 1415 from the Duke of Orleans to his wife. The Duke was in prison at the time. The card tradition has stayed and Valentines cards now count for 25% of cards sold throughout the year in the United States alone.

This Valentine's day, whether you celebrate with your love or with your friends, know that you are enjoying a day in much the same way as people have done for centuries. Have fun, and enjoy everything the day has to offer. After all, Valentines Day comes only once a year!


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coolchic16

22/Female
Olympia, WA
Posted On: February 8, 2007
wow. thats really romantic. well i dont have a valentine either but oh well life goes on. i dont care whether i have one or not because there's always someone out there who loves you anyway even if they havent admitted it.
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arabamericansw

22/Female
Japan
Posted On: February 8, 2007
Great article, it's really fascinating. I don't have a Valentine, I wish I did, but so what...it'll be cool anyways^__^
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stinkyjojo

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: February 8, 2007
i wish i had a valentine

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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: February 8, 2007
My valentine is Kyle Obrenski Hottest in class
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: February 8, 2007
kewl! i really don't like V's day but it's a good article.
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 8, 2007
That's pretty cool. I knew some of it, but not much. I just wish I had somebody to send a valentine to me! But at least I'm not a despo and can move on in my life! And I feel bad for my friend, Shane because his girlfriend is in Italy over Valentine's Day. Anyway I like the article!

~Lily
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RKD

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 8, 2007
i like valentines day, but i never knew there was a story about it. great artical

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Elizabethswann

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: February 8, 2007
My valentine is hugh philips
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sillywittlethi

19/Female
Columbia, SC
Posted On: February 7, 2007
me to I cant wait
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: February 7, 2007
yay love it cant wait for valentines day
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: February 7, 2007
That's relly cool. Where do you dig up all this stuff?
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cherrygirl0531

20/Female
Bon Air, VA
Posted On: February 7, 2007
sweet! literally
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crazykiek

45/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: February 7, 2007
as alwayse that was great i nvr kknew therel story behind valentines day. and ic ant belive im 2nd to cment ive nevr been this early to an article yet. go me!!!!
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my_boy_jet

108/Female
Weston, MO
Posted On: February 7, 2007
Lol, cool!
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