Valentine’s Day is essentially a Hallmark holiday. Historically, it has a basis on the lives of no less than three St. Valentine’s, one who married Christian soldiers and another who was imprisoned and fell in love with his captor’s daughter. It was made into a Catholic feast day by Pope Gelasius in the fifth century AD.
The Roman pagan holiday of Lupercalia was held on the ides of February (February 15th). It was a fertility and pastoral festival in which uncoupled youth would hook up. Many of them would eventually marry.
During the Middle Ages, Valentine’s Day became more associated with love with the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare. Charles Dickens even weighed in on this “commercial holiday.”
In the Modern Era, Valentine’s Day is often used to make us feel bad about being uncoupled. The TV show, Parks & Rec coined the term “Gal-entine’s Day” where women who were unattached celebrated each other.
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We want you to celebrate yourself every day and not just on Valentine’s Day whether you are coupled or not. You are worth it! You deserve it. You are loved and you are lovable.
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