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Old 02-12-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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What a wonderful story!
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He made the first greeting card and got every other man in his town in trouble because they never thought of such a kind guesture.
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Happy Valentine's Day to my FYM friends.
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I visited the shrine which holds his heart. It's in Whitefriar's Chapel in Dublin.

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Happy Valentines Day to you!!!
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What is the story of Saint Valentine? I have heard so many. Which one is true?



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Old 02-14-2006, 04:27 PM   #13
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There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.

Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.

In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.
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More info on Saint Valentine
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Chaucer may be somewhat responsible for why we celebrate it on February 14th. In his poem "The Parliament of Fowls" he has this whole story about Valentine's Day being in February. The birds come to Mother Nature and select their mates.

He almost always works from a source, and no one can figure out where he came up with this idea. The original source has never been found. So some scholars think he actually made up Valentine's Day as we know it, as a nice holiday in the middle of winter to remind us of spring...
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