I hope you had an enjoyable Monday evening last night whatever you did and whom ever (if anyone) you chose to spend it with. I popped out to the shops during the afternoon and was as ever, amazed at the number of heart-themed window displays and 'Valentine's Day offers' in the most random of places- not just florists and cards shops, but everywhere. In fact the local car dealership even sent me a list of St. Valentine's Day car deals! It got me thinking about the origins of this day... This is what I discovered.
The day is named after a Christian martyr St. Valentine, and the day was first established in 496 AD by Pope Gelasius I. The day was removed from the Roman calendar of saints almost two centuries later by Pope Paul VI in 1969. It is a day dedicated to love and has always been held on February 14th, although it is thought that the notion of romantic love was only associated with the day since Chaucer's time.
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