I wanted to know all about the true meaning of Valentine’s Day, so I did a little research and below is a little excerpt from one of the sites I found:
“Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.’
“Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.”
If you would like to read more about the history of Valentine’s Day, please go to http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day
Personally, I have never placed much significance on February 14th as Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I would be a liar if I said that I have never received a present or went out to dinner on February 14th. However, my point is that you should not wait for one designated day to show and tell someone important in your life that you love them. Valentine’s Day is any day that you choose to go that extra mile to show your loved one how important they are in your life.