St. Valentine’s Day is based on the actions of the third or so century Christian named “Valentinus”. The most famous story associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.
Another of his ‘crimes’ was ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend has it that before his execution, he wrote a letter ending with “from your Valentine” as his final adieu to her.
By the 15th century, “Valentine’s Day” had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged cherub, Cupid, flaunting his bow and arrow.