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The History of St Valentine's Day from Staying in Wales

The history of Valentine's Day and its patron saint St Valentine is steeped in legend. Who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

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One legend has it that Valentine was a priest in ancient Rome and when Emperor Claudius II banned marriage, believing single men made better soldiers, Valentine continued to perform marriage ceremonies for young lovers in secret and when discovered was put to death. While in prison awaiting his execution on 14th February 270 AD he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and wrote her a letter ‘from your Valentine’, an expression that has stood the test of time for over 1,700 years.

Others believe that February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno, Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, also known as the Godess of women and marriage. It was also the day before the Feast of Lupercalia when an order of Roman priests gathered at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests sacrificed a goat, for fertility and on the eve of the festival the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Young men would then draw names from the jar, wear them on their sleeves – to wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for people to know how you are feeling – and partner the girls whose names they drew for the duration of the festival. The pairing would sometimes last an entire year and often they would fall in love and later marry.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"

What better place than Wales then to unlock the heart of the one you love, on Valentine’s Day or any time of the year...
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