In Ancient Rome February 15 was the Fertility Festival of Lupercalia to Celebrate the Queen of the Gods, Juno, goddess of women & marriage.
Saint Valentine is the Patron Saint of couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, young people.
The name "Valentine", derived from valens (worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in ancient times.
Nothing is known reliably of St. Valentine except his name and the fact that he died near Rome on February 14.
The feast of St. Valentine of February 14 was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I.
The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493.
In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
According to the US Greeting Card Association, approximately one billion greeting cards are sent out worldwide each year.
Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine's Day time period.
Men and women who fail to acknowledge modern day Valentine customs tend to wind up in what's often referred to as the "Dog House."
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