Valentine’s day: Not just for couples!

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Brian Sinchi

Do you love celebrating the eternal love you have for someone? Do you know the upbringing of Valentines day? This holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia. It is the pairing off of women with men. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It was celebrated as the day of romance for the 14th century. From then on people began to send formal messages all throughout the 1500’s and by the late 1700’s, cards began to be printed.

The first commercial valentines in the US were printed in the mid-1800’s. When people think of Valentines they depict the figure of the roman god of love, Cupid. This holiday has expanded all around the world and it is to this day why we honor the love we have for our friends and family.

Valentines first originated at the Roman festival. The heart symbolizes romance, love. Valentines is always celebrated on February 14th all around the world. This holiday contains both Christian and Roman traditions. St. Valentine was the first founder.

Currently, there are many different twists on this holiday. For example, many girls will celebrate ‘Galentine’s day’ where they have a girls night celebrating their friendships. On a more humorous note, some joke stating that this holiday is ‘single awareness day.’

Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday shared with loved ones, not just for couples, but for family, friends, and even strangers.