Happy Valentines day everyone, I hope you all got something whether it be a sopppy card from an admirerer or some chocolate from your father. I'm pretty interested in the origin of the holiday so I decided to do a little research. It all started in the third century after Christ, Valentine was the bishop of Terni (Italy). He performed weddings for couples who were not allowed to get married. They may not have been allowed to get married because the parents did not agree with the connection or because the bridegroom was a soldier or a slave, so the marriage was forbidden. Valentine gave to the married pairs flowers from his garden. That's why flowers play a very important role on Valentine's Day. This did not please the emperor. On February 14, 269 AD, Valentin was beheaded because of his Christian faith. I was also quite intruiged to find that in China, a holiday called Qi Xi is also called "Chinese Valentine's Day", especially by younger people. Qi Xi is traditionally held on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. In recent years, it has become more like Valentine's Day in other countries.
All in all Valetines day goes way back and just because some of you guys may be single on valetines day like I am try not to be bitter towards it eh? There's always someone you know who loves you!