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Tuesday, February 14, 2006


February 14 is commonly celebrated as Valentines Day. The traditions of this holiday include the exchange of cards, chocolates, flowers or gifts between loved ones. It is often a day of romance for couples.

The history of Valentines Day is not clearly defined, however it is believed to have originated from Saint Valentine and has Christian and Roman ancestry. One legend says that Saint Valentine was a priest who married lovers secretly and was killed for his illegal actions on February 14th. Another tale suggests that while in jail, Saint Valentine sent a letter to a young woman he loved (possibly the jailer’s daughter) and signed it “Your Valentine”. This is a common expression used in greeting cards today. Whatever story may be true, Saint Valentine was a man of romance, just like the holiday we celebrate on February 14 each year.

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