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Through the years, Valentines Day has undergone a series of metamorphic changes.

From the times of ancient martyrs to modern-day romantics, the day has always been an eventful one.

In this article, we’re going to delve deeper to understand some of the common accounts behind its origin.

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There’s lots of love but where does it come from?


Uncovering the Origin of Valentines Day

The account of Saint Valentine

In the course of the 3rd century a cruel Emperor (Claudius II) ruled over Rome.

Historical records state that he hated the idea of love and marriage to the extent that he ruled it illegal it for young soldiers to love or to be loved. Saint Valentine lived during this era of draconian rules and being the risk-taker he was, he committed himself to changing this unfair state of affairs.

Unfortunately, the secrets of his mission leaked out and as a result he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured to death for committing the crime of spreading love against his master’s wishes.

It is said that while in jail, the Saint turned to Christianity- a life-threatening crime during those days. Being a talented public speaker, St. Valentine used every opportunity to enlighten his fellow prisoners with his rich stock of knowledge.

History has it that he went to an extent of falling in love with one of the jailor’s daughters. It is said that he was executed on February the 14th.
His bold acts of fighting for love are believed to have formed the basis for the origin of the Valentines Day.


The account of Valentine of Terni

Valentine of Terni was a man who strongly believed in love and forgiveness.

He lived in AD 197 during the rule of Emperor Aurelian.

Though little is known about his life, existing historical records claim that he was beheaded by the order of one of the emperor’s powerful men-Placid Furius.

He died on February the 14th.


The account of Valentine of Alexandria (Valentinus)

Valentinus is said to have spent most of his time fighting for spiritual love.

He believed that the world is made of three kinds of people namely spiritual people, material people and physical people.

He was of the view that spiritual people (gnosis) were blessed and by extension stood a big chance of inheriting spiritual salvation. It is reported that he used to advocate for the benefits of marriage- a move that conflicted with his superiors’ wishes.

Just like with his two counterparts (Saint Valentine and Valentine of Terni), he was executed on February the 14th.


Summing Up On The Origin of Valentines Day

Well, the three accounts have several similarities.

Whether it’s by facts or by sheer coincidence, several things remain unchanged.

  • The day originated from the idea of love.
  • The occasion is strongly linked to February the 14th.
  • The superiority of the themes of bravery and martyrdom.

Today, more than a thousand years later, Valentines Day remains special.

It offers a unique opportunity for the whole world to appreciate the precious gift of love.



There are numerous facts about the origin of the Valentines Day.

However, the pieces of information discussed above are the most important ones that you need to know.

We wish you all the best as you prepare to express your love to special people in your life.


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Article researched and written by Chocolate by Genevie, a UK chocolatier that specialises in chocolate gifts delivered.

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20 thoughts on “Where Does Valentines Day Actually Come From?”
  1. I’m not sure if I’m ready to martyr myself for Valentine’s Day… but I’ve definitely felt the urge to jump off a bridge during my single lady V-Days. Ha! Thanks for the historical overview! Very cool.

        1. I think you’re being WAY too tough on yourself and what you represent, Soleil.
          Why is being single any more challenging than two people that are together who probably have a tougher time than you, in staying together?
          The grass always ‘looks’ greener on the other side.

  2. It is really wonderful to read about the past associated with the special days we celebrate. We can celebrate love each day if we want. Thanks for the share.

  3. Valentines indeed has many other facts, but some of what you have here are actually new to me. It’s very nice to know and have new knowledge to interesting things. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. I think in 3rd century it is the beginning of Valentine story. But it mainly flourish in twentieth century. I am eagerly waiting for the loveliest moment – 14th Feb

  5. It’s very interesting to know the origin of Valentines day. It came from different beliefs and celebrating it has actually become more interesting as years pass. Great share!

  6. Cool! Over the years, we have been celebrating this important and romantic holiday, it would be nice to know why and how it came to be so popular and celebrated. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Too true, Joy. I knew it must have originated from a foundation of love but didn’t know the bravery and martyrdom parts. Love true facts of history, don’t you?

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