Have you ever wondered why you did a certain thing? You never put some thought into why you did it; you just did because everyone took part in it. Most people celebrate Valentine’s Day every February 14th, but does everyone know why we do? It is a wonderful holiday to be a part of but where did it all begin? Even though I am not one to participate, I am still curious to understand what is so significant about this day. I want to know people’s perspective on Valentine’s Day, whether they like it or not?
I have never asked myself why we celebrate Valentine’s Day but I remember that the best time was celebrating it as a kid. No one was left out, because we were all required to bring cards and candy for each and every one in the class. I think Valentine’s Day means something different as we grow up and get older. When my classmates and I got older, Valentine’s Day seemed less important to us. The only time you would celebrate it is if you had a boyfriend or a girlfriend. When I would look at my parents, they would take it seriously and buy each other expensive gifts. I figured that this holiday is different when you are a kid, teen, and adult.
Valentine was a priest way back during the third century. During this time a law was passed that young men could not get married because they were needed as soldiers. Having families and wives would have been a distraction and they would not be as good of soldiers. Emperor Claudius II was the one who banned marriage for these young men. Valentine was against Claudius’s idea because he felt the injustice of it and believed if two people loved each other, they should be able to get married if they wanted to. Instead of following the new law that was passed Valentine, continued to marry couples but in secret and in hopes that the Emperor would not find out. Unfortunately, Valentine was sentenced to death by Claudius when he found out that he was going against his commands.
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