The Legend of Valentine's Day
St. Valentine's Day is a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church and is celebrated on February 14th. Two priests, both named Valentine, were martyred on this date in separate years.
Valentine's Day was originally celebrated as the Festival of Lupercalia. Farmers celebrated the coming of Spring and fertility in hopes of a good crop. It was changed to St. Valentine's day by Pope Gelasius.
Legend says that Bishop Valentine (later St. Valentine), signed a letter to the daughter of his jailer, "Your Valentine", prior to his execution.
Chaucer and Shakespeare began associating Valentine's Day with romantic poems and cards in their works.
People began exchanging hand written Valentine's cards in the 1700's. The modern day Valentine's Day card became popular after Hallmark Cards of Kansas City began mass producing them in 1913.
Happy Valentine's Day!