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Valentine's Day

Definition: Valentine's Day is often refered to as St. Valentine's Day. There were two Saints attributed to the naming of the holiday. Both men were imprisoned and killed for being Christians in the 3rd century A.D. One story goes that one of the Saints wrote a letter to his jailer's daughter for her kindness and signed it 'your Valentine'.

A more likely story is that both Saints died on February 14, which in Roman times was the night before a festival called Lupercalia.

This Roman festival had a lot to do with fertility and probably some of those customs got attached to the modern day celebrations of Valentine's Day.

Today, it is a day to tell people you love them and exchange Valentine's cards.

Related Resources:

Valentine's Day Fun
Valentine Celebrations at Kids' Turn.

Valentines
Online resources.

Elsewhere on the Web:

Saint Valentine's Day
History and origins of the day.
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