Valentine’s Day, originally called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is observed on the 14th of February every year. This Day is supported by many countries all over the World but is not a public holiday in most of these countries. 

It started as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. He was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were not aloud to get married and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.

Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Community as well as the Lutheran Church. The day was initially associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century it had evolved into an occasion  in which partners expressed their love for one another by presenting flowers or offering confectionery and most of all sending greeting cards known as “valentines.”

Valentines Day symbols that are used today include hearts, doves and the figure of the winged cupid.

Celebrate the Legacy of Valentine’s Day with a delicious glass of Legacy!  

 

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