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Valentine's Day: From Saints to Ecards

Valentine's Day: From Saints to Ecards
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Most people know that Valentines Day falls on February 14th, and that its the most special time of the year for lovers. And even though more than a few people probably know its named after a saint, thats where the common knowledge seems to stop. But theres still a lot more to learn about this holiday. Back before flowers were being delivered to offices and free ecards were being delivered to inboxes, Valentines Day was created by the Catholic Church to commemorate two martyred saints. Valentine of Rome and Valentine or Terni, are both widely considered to be the Valentines Day namesakes, though a third Valentinenameless in history, and only briefly mentioned in church history as being from Africais sometimes mentioned. The one thing that bothor all three, depending upon how you want to look at itValentines share is a rather ironic trait: there arent in any way associated with notions of romantic love. In its earliest days, Valentines Day was among the most sacred of religious holidays. It wasnt until the early 1980s, in fact, that the holiday had become so secular that the Catholic Church had it removed from official worship calendars. There isnt really an historically-clear link between the sacred aspects of Valentines Day, and the tradition of lovers sending each other greeting cards and free Valentine ecards. All that is known for certain is that at some point in the 19th century in England, it became popular for lovers to exchange hand-written love notes between one another on Valentines Day. And as the years went on, and the notes became more popular, the notes themselves became more and more elaborate and creatively-designed. About the Author:

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Valentine's Day: From Saints to Ecards