15 facts you never knew about Valentine’s Day

Giving flowers, chocolate, and heart-shaped cards are all common customs on Valentine’s Day. But why do we bother with these traditions anyway?

1. Why we celebrate it on February 14
1. Why we celebrate it on February 14
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Ah, the most important of Valentine’s Day facts: why it’s celebrated on the 14th of February.

February 14 is the feast of St. Valentine, a Catholic saint who was executed by Roman Emperor Claudius II on that date sometime during the third century A.D.

Many legends surround the reason for his death sentence.

The most popular one says he was a priest who married young couples after Claudius outlawed marriage for young men (apparently they were better soldiers when they weren’t romantically attached).

Another says he helped save Catholics who were imprisoned for their religious beliefs.

However, the holiday may have been promoted to overshadow the pagan festival Lupercalia.

Between February 13 and 15, Romans celebrated by sacrificing a goat and a dog and whipping women with their hides.

Crude as it may seem, people believed this made women more fertile, and women actually lined up to get slapped with bloody hides.

In the fifth century, Pope Gelasius I outlawed Lupercalia and officially declared February 14 Valentine’s Day.

The only good time for love to hurt is when it’s funny enough to split your sides.

Make your sweetheart giggle on February 14 with these real-life hilarious Valentine’s Day stories.

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