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Hearts Through Time: The Intriguing History of Valentine's Day"

On the fourteenth of February, we celebrate Valentine's Day—A holiday where people convey their love through gifts and kind gestures. But what's the meaning behind it? Just like any other holiday, people are curious how it originated in the first place.  

Some origins have been suggested to the Roman festival of Lupercalia, also held in February. This festival celebrates the coming of spring and celebrates the pairing of men and women. People believed this was ultimately changed to Valentine's Day after the pope forbade the celebration of Lupercalia, but after research, it is clear this is not true. 

The holiday was celebrated as a day of romance until the 14th century. Many theorized where the name Valentine originated from, some pointing their finger at a priest who was put to death by the emperor. 

There's a legend that tells the story of a priest who was soon to be executed. It is said the priest signed a letter to the executioner's daughter that read “From your Valentine.” In the story, the priest had healed the daughter's blindness. There are many legends and stories but most point to the same thing.

Heartfelt messages started in the 1500s and began being commercially printed in the 1700s. This was usually associated with Cupid, the Roman god of love. The traditional gifts included candy, flowers, and cards. The red rose in particular is very popular, it symbolizes beauty and love. 

The holiday is most popular in the United States and Canada but is celebrated all over the world. It is a wonderful day to show your gratitude and love for another person. Just like any holiday, it is immensely popular. But It is important and fascinating to learn and understand how the holiday started.

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